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How can I achieve a round rectangle like that with a transparent cropped image at the center? I can't find a good way for
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Draw the + Symbol. You can manually create it or simply find a + in a font you like.
3a.If you use a font, after setting the +, select it with the Selection Tool (black arrow) and choose Type > Create Outlines. This will convert the type to a shape.
Select All 3 shapes.
Use the Align Panel (or Control bar) to center align all 3 vertically and horizontally.
Using the Color Panel, Swatch panel, or Appearance Panel, apply a white fill and no stroke.
Choose Object > Compound Path > Make.
Use the Transparency Panel or Appearance Panel to reduce opacity if desired.
Lastly, place it over a photo.
Or alt #10... copy and paste it into photoshop as a "Shape Layer" and you've got it in either app.
In Photoshop, first make the rounded rectangle:
Make a new layer.
Select the Rounded Rectangle shape tool, and click the "Path" icon on the control bar (it depicts the Pen and some anchor points).
Drag out the square.
Ctl/Cmd-Enter to convert to a selection, then fill.
[An alternative workflow is to drag out a square selection marquee and apply
Select > Modify > Smooth, then enter the corner radius you need.]
Next, make the donut on another layer, using a custom shape (Ctl-Enter to convert to a selection) or make a circular path and the "Subract Path" (2nd icon from the left in that group) function to remove the inner part of the circle. (To ensure the paths are concentric, select both paths with the Path tool (the black one) and click the vertical and horizontal alignment buttons in the control bar. Use the Ctl-Enter to make a selection and fill with a different color so you can see it; the actual color doesn't matter.
Now create the '+' symbol on its own layer and fill that (again, any color will do).
You now have three layers: the basic rounded square and the two "cut out" shapes.
Target the rectangle layer to execute the next two steps.
Ctl-click the donut layer icon in the Layers panel to create a new selection and press Delete.
Do the same with the + layer and press delete.
Your rectangle now has the other two shapes cut out of it. You can adjust blend modes and opacity from there to get the effect you want.
I'll let Scott, who's our resident Illustrator guru, give you the steps in AI.