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Fixing The “Rounded Corners” Selection Problem

Ever have this happen? You draw a selection with the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) and the corners of your selection are rounded, rather than nice and straight? This happens to a lot of people, especially if they've been drinking. If you haven't been drinking but you're suffering from rounded-corner selections, look up in the Options Bar, and you'll see a field for Feather. Chances are there's some number other than zero in this field, and what's happening is every time you draw a selection with that tool, it's automatically feathering (softening) the edge. What probably happened is you intentionally (or accidentally) added a feather amount at some time, then later forgot to set it back to its default of zero. So to fix it, just highlight the field and type 0 (zero). Incidentally, this is a great Photoshop prank to play on co-workers, friends, soon-to-be-enemies, etc., because the Feather field is usually the last place they'll look.

10 comments on “Fixing The “Rounded Corners” Selection Problem

  1. Just a note to say I learn a lot from this website and think it’s well organized, thorough and one of the best I’ve found. Keep it going please and thanks a lot for all you do.
    Charles Krause

  2. I am running on Windows, I am not location the Options Bar. When I got to make a rectangle the edges are rounded. The Refine Edges tab appears but when I click on it the Fethearing is already set to 0.

  3. OMG thank you thank you thank you. This has been driving me nuts! I just installed CS5 and haven’t used the feathering at all, so I’m not sure how the heck that happened, but the zero fixed it. phew!

  4. Thanks! 😀
    I said a lot of bad words about photoshot Marquee, but i must be drunk then because now it works fine after your guide!

    Johan/Sweden

  5. I’m having the same problem and when I shift+right click, it won’t allow me to set the feather to any number less than .2??? I’m still getting rounded rectangles 🙁

  6. Ignore my comment, I failed to follow directions the first time. If I change the feathering in the options bar like instructed, it works. Thanks!

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