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There used to be a way to do masking tricks to create rounded polygon corners in Photoshop, but I can't seem to find anything for accomplishing the same trick in Photoshop CS6. Does anyone out there have a solution?

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.

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You first need to be a jedi :-) (or is it in English jedy?) –  Kurt Apr 4 '13 at 0:37
    
Seems to be the case. I spent hours today trying to do it and finally gave up and opened up AI and did it in 10s. I still would love to know if there's a trick in PS. –  Stephen M. Walker II Apr 4 '13 at 5:59
    
@Kurt Jedi with an I. I've never seen the Y spelling. –  Lauren Ipsum Apr 4 '13 at 10:17
    
@LaurenIpsum Thanks for that. I knew this name only from German and was not sure ... –  Kurt Apr 4 '13 at 17:30
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It can also be done with a layer mask over the vector shape.

Create your polygon, then load the layers selection by Command-Clicking (Ctrl-click on pc) on the vector mask.

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Then go to Select>Modify>Smooth. Enter the smooth amount.

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After that it's just a matter of creating a layer mask based on the now rounded selection.

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Now you have your rounded polygon fairly quickly and easily. You could also manually edit the shape with by adding points and using the convert point tool, but that would involve a great deal more work.

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It's a trick, no more, but it gets the job done: give your polygon a stroke layer effect and align the stroke outside. With thicker strokes, the effect is rounded. No control over the roundness, though...

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