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Make a Pie Chart in Photoshop CS5

February 3, 2020


[ Intro ] Hi, this is Jeff at Magical Fruit Tuts. In this video, I am going to show you how to make a pie chart in Photoshop CS5. Open up a new image Set the width to a 1000 pixels and the height to 1000 pixels and the resolution to 300 pixels per inch Double-Click the background layer to unlock
it It’s name will now be layer0 Change the foreground color to a light color I choose a blue color Fill layer0 with the lite blue You can press Alt + Backspace on the PC or Command + Delete on the Mac Choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool You can press M to get it. In the setting area for the Marquee Tool Choose Fixed Size style Feather at 0 pixels and the width and height should be 1000 Choose View – Snap To – Document Bounds Now write down your Pie Slice percentages in Desending order, (the largest piece first) The total should add up to 100% You can have as many slices as you want As long as they add up to 100% We will start with the 60% slice (60% of a 1000 is 600) Make sure Rectangular Marquee tool is selected Then change the width to 600 Go to your color-picker and choose A color for your 60% slice I chose a red color Now drag around the left side of the screen and make a selection there use Alt + Backspace to fill the selection with red de-select the selection At this point we will check our selection to make sure we made it correctly go to Filter – Distort – Polar Coordinates if you see all this area filled in like that.. you’ve done it right click Cancel I’m going to do this IMPROPERLY To show you what it would look like if you didn’t do it right So let’s say we place our selection a little bit off the bottom like this go back to the polar coordinates filter and see what it looks like you’ll notice that the whole red area is not filling out the left side of the screen so you know you have not done it right Cancel, and we’ll go back and redo our steps This time we’ll place the selection where it should be, and fill with red It looks a little bit light on the top So we’ll go back to filter-distort-polar coordinates Ah, looks OK, we’re good so press Cancel that was basically just a step to make sure we got it right we check it as we go on each segment now change the width for you second slice in this case the slice is 30% so use 300 pixels (30% of 1000 is 300) go to your color-picker and choose a green color for your 30% selection change your width to 300 (300 is 30% of 1000) drag your 30% bar selection a little bit to the right of the red 60% bar zoom in a little now choose Select – Transform Selection now move your selection over so it’s exactly touching the red bar Click the Checkmark to accept Click Alt + Backspace to fill with green Deselect (Control + D) To show an example of what would happen if the bars are not aligned adjacent to each
other I have made a little demonstration here in this case the red bar and the green bar have a gap between them When we go to filter-distort-polar coordinates notice that we have this large wedge that distorts the wedges on the pie chart this is not something we want so, in order to fix this we use the line up procedure we previously demonstrated also note, that when transforming the selection eariler, you can use the arrow keys left, right, up, and down to move the selection Now we will deal with the last slice It could be off a little bit because of overlapping bars so.. we will use the background color for the last
slice you could always change the background color if you don’t like it for the last slice now we’re ready for Polar Coordinates go to Filter-Distort-Polar Coordinates look at your picture – looks pretty good click OK this time and we have our square with the wedges in it next choose your Ellipse Tool In the Ellipse options, check the Circle box and the From Center box place your cursor in the middle of the picture drag out a circle let go of your mouse on the Path Tab, Right-Click the Work Path Choose Make Selection with Radius of 0, and Anti-Aliased, Click OK go back to the Layer tab Click Control + J to copy the selection to a new layer, at this point you can turn off the eye on Layer0 and we will be left with our Pie Chart which we can use in other Photoshop Projects this concludes the tutorial

8 Comments

  • Reply Erin Cico-Konecky December 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    We have a question!  When we draw the circle, it shows up white and it makes a new layer.  We can't get the pie colors to show through the circle!  What do we do???

  • Reply Ekaterina Valinakova December 19, 2013 at 4:12 am

    great tutorial thanks.

  • Reply LordOfRage September 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    pie charts are a pain in the ass in PS

  • Reply The Shotgun Mike Show October 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    This was literally the most useful and well constructed Photoshop tutorial I have ever seen!
    I know it was done in CS5 but I can confirm it works word-perfectly on CS2 as well. Thank you MagicFruit Tuts!

  • Reply Sara Danes February 15, 2016 at 6:09 am

    The simplest way to create pie chart with photoshop. Thank you very much for the useful tutorial.

  • Reply Sully's Boutique May 20, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Ash Brass April 11, 2017 at 11:30 am

    super clever!

  • Reply Catherina Mocke February 27, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Thank YOU so much!!! this is the only pie chart tutorial I could find that actually makes sense!! and I could follow!

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