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?

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  • 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. Apr 4, 2013 at 5:59

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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 (the thumbnail of the pentagon in the layers palette below).

Pentagon with marquee selection

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.

  • What does it mean "load the layers selection by Command-Clicking"? How do I "load the layers selection"?
    – Green
    May 6, 2017 at 14:52
  • There is no tools at all in PS CC you're talking about. So it doesn't work
    – Green
    May 6, 2017 at 15:01
  • @Green Command/Ctrl click on the icon of the layer you want to edit in the layers palette. That will load a selection based on the shape you've clicked. Also I just tried it in Photoshop CC 2017 and every step still works.
    – Fireflight
    May 9, 2017 at 17:51

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...


there is an option for polygon (radius) click on the small arrow behind the shape button (: enter image description here

  • No. Edges are too rounded and you can't control it
    – Green
    May 6, 2017 at 14:42

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