9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 21, 2008 6:27 PM by Old Toad
broadwayron2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
This seems like such a simple concept, yet I can't figure out how to do it. I have Illustrator, but can barely use it, and for something as simple as this, it's overkill. I'm hoping it can be done in iPhoto.

imac g5, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (131,890 points)
    broadwayron

    Not with iPhoto, I'm afraid. You'll need an image editor like Photoshop Elements.

    Regards

    TD
  • broadwayron2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Wow, and that's not even available until March!
    I'm guessing, I'd have to pay for Photoshop to do this now (which I don't want to do). Or, spend more time with Illustrator. I'm amazed that something this simple isn't included in iPhoto.
  • GTCBrown Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
    I'm not sure that it's even possible to create a circular .jpg image file. It's going to have to be so many pixels wide and so many tall.

    I'm not familiar with iPhoto plugins at all, but there might be a plug-in out there that would suffice to give you a 'porthole' type of effect on an image file so it was effectively circular.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (131,890 points)
    No, you can get PSE 4 right now.

    One way to do it might be to make a circular mask in Illustrator.

    Regards

    TD
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (123,605 points)
    CTBrown is right. The file will have to be square/rectangular and, unless you are abel to create a png file with transparency, that portion of the file outside the photo will be converted to white when saved as a jpg. You can almost create that effect with the Effects/matte option in iPhoto. Or for black around the photo use the Effect/vignette option.

    Until PSE 6 comes out you might be able to create the transparent png file with GraphicConverter in the demo mode. It may be able to do that. I've not used it except to try out once.

    Did your iMac come with OmniGraffle? If so you can do it with that. Post back if you have it and I can give you a workflow.





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  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (62,125 points)
    And if you purchase PE4 now they give you a free copy of PSE 6 when it ships (per Adobe at MacWorld)

    LN
  • broadwayron2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Is PE4 = Premier Elements 4? They only have downloads for Windows on Adobe's site. If that's not it, please forgive my ignorance (or stupidity).

    http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=premiereelements&loc=enus

    Old Toad-
    My mac doesn't have GraphicConverter.
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (62,125 points)
    PhotoShop Elements 4 -- http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelmac/pdfs/pse6macdatasheet.pdf

    I did not find info on purchasing PSE 4 and getting PSE 6 when it is released - at MacWorld they said that was the case - I'd call the Adobe sales line to see

    LN
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (123,605 points)
    You can download the demo GraphicConverter at VersionTracker.com.