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Design a flat progress bar in a circle using Photoshop

If you want your progress bar to look a bit different you can create it in a shape of a circle with counter in the middle. We will create in a so called flat design trend using Adobe Photoshop.

  Author: NikMan | Version: CS5 | 30th July 2013 |  

Create a new Photoshop document and a New Layer.


Choose the Elipse Tool.


Set a black foreground color.

Or simply press D key, to set a black/white color.


While holding Shift key draw a circle (see picture).

Holding shift key creates a perfect circle.

Then click above on Layer, Rasterize and select Shape.


Hold Ctrl (CMD in MacOS) and click the new layer's thumbnail (see picture).


This way you create a layer selection.

In the menu click Select, Modify and choose Contract...

In the new Contract Selection window set Contract By to 5 or more pixels and click OK.


We shrunk the selection a bit.


Now press Delete key to delete everything inside the selection.

In menu click Select and Deselect, to remove the selection.


Chose the Polygonal Lasso Tool.


No select the part of the circle you want to change the colour of the similar way I did.


Press Ctrl (Cmd in Mac OS) and J, to duplicate selection into a new layer.


In the menu click Layer, Layer Style and choose Color Overlay.

Choose the color you like and click OK.


My circular progress bar so far.


Choose the Horizontal Type Tool (T for a keyboard shortcut).


Enter the percentage that the colour is representing and you are done.

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McReady, 5th Aug 2013, 1:00 AM
Nice one. I would make a little thicker circle instead.
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Sheeva, 5th Aug 2013, 4:39 AM
I would use a thinner font.
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kanishk, 29th Dec 2013, 3:02 PM
When I press the delete button, the entire eclipse shape gets deleted, what remains on the canvas is the background and the circular contracted-selection. Can you help?
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NikMan, 29th Dec 2013, 8:57 PM

Was the selection shrunken as on photo below?

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shuvonasir, 3rd Jan 2014, 11:34 PM
Hi Nick,

I'm also having the same problem like Kanishk. And yes, after shrinking the circle just look like the above mentioned comment. Pressing delete key is deleting the whole circle! Only the marquee and background remains. Do you have any solution to that? And if possible, can you make a video tutorial on this and upload to youtube?

Thanks in advance.

Shuvo Nasir
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NikMan, 4th Jan 2014, 3:58 AM

Thank you for comments. I have tried the tutorial again and saw there is one thing missing. And that is rasterizing the shape object. So, after you draw a shape in a step 4, you must rasterize it before going further (see my pic).

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kanishk, 13th Jan 2014, 2:45 AM
Hello, this is me Kanishk again. On a second try, I remembered that I forgot to rasterize the shape prior to contracting it. Thanks a lot for your help. I can create progress bars on my own now, all thanks to you. ^_^
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