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Friday, August 6, 2010

Sequins in PSE

This tutorial will show you how to make sequins in Photoshop Elements.  I was asked to write this tutorial up with PSE screenshots because it was, apparently, not possible to make a sequin in PSE following the Photoshop instructions.

1.  Open up a new canvas.  Mine is 300 x 300 pixels at 300 dpi for a 1 inch sequin.

2.  Select the ellipse tool.  Click the triangle button next to the shape tool on the toolbar to make the ellipse options menu appear.  Select Fixed Size and make the width and height the same as the size of your canvas.  Make sure From Center is checked.  Click the color box (located to the left of the style box) and select the color for your sequin.

3.  Click the center of your canvas.  It may be necessary to enable rulers to find the exact center.  A perfect circle will appear.

4.  Select the polygon tool.  Make sure that sides are set to 6.

5.  Draw out the hexagon so that the left side and the right side have a point.

6.  Change the color of the hexagon so that it can be seen more easily by clicking the color box.  The exact color does not matter as this hexagon will be deleted later.

7.  Select the line tool.  Set the weight to 2 pixels.

8.  Draw a line horizontally across the circle so that it passes through two points of the hexagon.  The line needs to touch each edge of the circle. 

9.  Duplicate the layer with the line (Layer > Duplicate Layer).

10.  Rotate the layer using Free Rotate Layer (Image > Rotate > Free Rotate Layer).

11.  Set the rotation angle to 60.

12.  Accept the transformation by clicking the green check mark on the canvas.

13.  Repeat steps 9-12 to create a third rotated line.  In making the third line, duplicate the current layer with the line.  There is no need to change layers to the original layer with the line.

14.  There should be five layers in the layers palette.  The top line layer should be the active, selected layer.

15.  Press the shift key and click the layer with the hexagon.  This should select all the layers except the one with the circle.

16.  Right-click on the layers palette to make the layers menu appear and select Merge Layers or Ctrl + E.

17.  Select the magic wand tool and make sure that Contiguous is unchecked.

18.  Select the transparent area of the layer.  This method isn't as good as loading the selection because it will leave some inevitable jagged edges.

19.  Select the layer with the circle.

20.  Make sure that Subtract From Selection is chosen on the magic wand toolbar.

21.  Select the transparent region of the layer with the magic wand.

22.  Create a new layer to hold the selections for the Facets.

23.  Fill the selection with 50% grey so that the facets are easy to select.

24.  Ctrl + D to deselect.

25.  Change the settings for the magic wand.  Make sure that Add to Selection is chosen, Contiguous is checked and All Layers is checked in the toolbar.

26.  Select the top and bottom facets.

27.  Create a new adjustment layer for brightness and contrast.

28.  Set the brightness to 25.

29.  Select the facet counterclockwise to the top facet and the one diagonal.

30.  Create a new brightness/contrast adjustment layer and set the brightness to +50.

31.  Select the last set of facets and create a new brightness/contrast layer.  Set the brightness to -25.

32.  Click the eye next to the hexagon layer and the facets layer (or delete them) to hide them as they are not needed anymore.

33.  Select the layer with the circle.

34.  Select the elliptical marquee tool and draw out a circle in the center of the sequin.

35.  Press the delete key to make a hole in the sequin.  The sequin is now complete.


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [07 Aug 11:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. Thanks for a great tutorial. It worked just like you said and I was able to create sequins straight off.


  3. Thanks! Awesome as usual!

  4. Excellent tut, thankyou so much. The screen shots really helped. I can now make great sequins :)