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Create a Quick Highlight Circle in Photoshop

By March 2, 2014Effects, Tutorials

Learn How to Create a Simple Highlight Circle in Photoshop

In this quick Photoshop tutorial we’ll learn how to create a quick highlight circle. You can use this technique to highlight objects or parts of your image. Image blurring is very popular technique around the web. Clean and quick editing  sometimes is the most efficient way to create stunning images.

Tutorial Details and Resources

Difficulty: Beginner

Apps: Adobe Photoshop (CS or later)

Estimated Completion Time: 5′ Minutes

Resources: Boy & the Bench by woodsy

Step 1 > Open the Image

First open the image you want to edit in Photoshop. You can use any image resolution.


Step 2 > Select the Circle

Pick the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) in your toolbox. White pressing Shift on your keyboard make a perfect circle selection around the bench (image a). Next, go to Layer > New > Layer Via Copy to create a layer for your selection (image b).


a) Select your object.



b) Create a new layer via copy


Step 3 > Blur the Background

With “Background” layer active go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and  add 30px blur. Press OK to confirm the Gaussian Blur effect.


Step 4 > Blending Options & Text

With “Circle” layer active go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options and add the same values as (image a). With Type Tool (T) you can add any text over the image.


Blending Options: Stroke: Size – 15px, Blend Mode – Overlay, Opacity – 100%, Color – White (ffffff).



Simple technique with great result. You can use this method to highlight objects in your graphic portfolio images. You have to adjust the  “Stroke Size” depends on your image resolution.


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