How to create round corners in Corel Paint Shop Pro X2, and how to create soft edges

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to create round corners in Corel Paint Shop Pro X2. We are also going to apply an optional soft/faded edge effect. I have had several people request this tutorial, including my wife.

Apparently creating rounded edges in Paint Shop Pro and/or Photoshop is a popular asked question among Mom’s.  For this demonstration I used a beautiful photo of my cousin Jordan and his prom date. The photo was taken by my wife before they left to the 2010 South High School here in Eastern Kentucky. This tutorial can also be used to create round corners in Photoshop or any other graphics editing program as well. Basically, all we are doing is drawing a Rounded Selection, inverting that selection, and deleting the outside of the selection. I will walk you through the step by step process.


Step 1

Open the image you want to add rounded edges or corners to in Corel paint shop pro X2. Next, right click the background image in the layers palette and Select Duplicate. Finally, turn off the visibility in the Background Layer.

Step 2

Press ‘S’ on your keyboard to select the Selection tool. Set the Selection type to Rounded Rectangle.

Step 3

With the Copy of Background Layer active, place the cursor on the photo and draw the selection on the area of the photo you want to keep.

Step 4

With the selection active go to Selections > Invert or press (CTRL+SHIFT+I).

Step 5

Press Delete and then CTRL + D to Deselect.

Step 6

Finally, export as PNG or GIF if you want to keep the background transparent. File > Export > PNG Optimizer or GIF Optimizer. Optionally, you can make your rounded corner photo really stand out by adding some soft edge effects with Paint Shop Pro. SKIP STEP 6 and Continue to step 7 if you would like to add a soft edge effect.

Continue if you would like to add soft/faded edge effects.

Step 7

Duplicate the Copy of Background layer.

Step 8

With the Copy (2) of Background layer active Press CTRL+A to place a selection marquee around the entire layer. Now, Press ‘S’ on you keyboard to activate the selection tool. Finally, place the selection cursor anywhere on the photo and left click once. The marquee will now be wrapped around outer edges of the cropped portion of the photo.

Step 9

Go ahead and save the selection to the alpha channel. Selections > Load/Save Selections > Save Selection to Alpha Channel. I named mine “rounded corner outline.”

Step 10

Invert the selection. Selection > Invert or press (CTRL+SHIFT+I).

Step 11

Next, Feather the Inverted Selection. Selection > Modify > Feather or press (CTRL+H). I set the number of pixels to 65. This number will vary depending the size of your photo and/or the size you want the soft edges to be. Keep the feather selection active.

Step 12

Right Click the Copy (2) of Background layer in the layers palette, and select New Raster Layer. The feather selection should still be active.

Step 13

Flood Fill (Press ‘F’) the background with black (#000000) or the color of your choice, on the Raster 1 Layer. You can repeat the flood fill until you are satisfied with the amount of coverage. OPTIONAL, save the feather selection to alpha channel so you can easily come back later to change and/or experiment with other colors. Go to Selections > Load/Save Selections > Save Selection to Alpha Channel.

Step 14

Press Ctrl+D to Deselect. Next, go to Selections > Load/Save Selections > Load Selection from Alpha Channel and Select the “Rounded Corner Outline” we saved earlier. Once the selection is loaded. Go to Selections > Invert (CTRL+SHIFT+I). Then Press ‘Delete.’ Finally, CTRL+D to deselect. Note: You can lower the opacity of the Raster 1 layer if it is too dark.

Step 15

Finally, export as PNG or GIF if you want to keep the background transparent. File > Export > PNG Optimizer or GIF Optimizer. Preferably you should use PNG because the GIF files will lose a tremendous amount of quality due to limited colors available to the GIF images.

Final Result


Jarrod Compton

Hi, welcome to Paintshopblog. Graphics editing in Paint Shop Pro is an addicting, but productive hobby of mine. I created this blog to archive, share, and help others using the knowledge I have gained. I am by no means an expert, nor a professional graphics artist. I consider myself nothing more than a dedicated Paint Shop Pro hobbyist. Hopefully the content and resources that I share here will be beneficial to some people. Contact me below if you have any questions or need additional support with a tutorial. Thanks for stopping by!

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