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Smoothing shapes is essential for buttons and interfaces. Heres an easy way to
smooth edges and corners
Step #1: Setup
Begin with a new document that is about 300 X 300. Select the Channel
tab and create a new channel.
In your new channel, draw a square and
fill it with white. Use the marquee tool to and draw out your shapes, filling
them with black as you go, (circles, shapes, etc).
Step #2: Softening
Blur your channel until it looks similar to the result shown. I blurred
my channel twice using 4.5. Experiment
with the level of blur you use, but don't over blur the image so that you
lose the actual content.
Experiment with these settings to adjust the amount of roundness you want.
Less blur, less round!
Step #3: Smoothing
Lets smooth out the
blur so that we get our nice round shapes!
to levels. Image>Adjust>Levels or use the shortcut key CTRL-L.
Inside the levels, change your INPUTS to read 120,
1.00, 140. You can experiment
with these settings, but I've found that these work best.
All done smoothing! Now, all you have to do is start a new layer, grab
a selection (CTRL-Click) of your new smoothed channel, and fill it with
a texture or color
interface, button, or other graphic!