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Old 08-23-2009, 05:34 PM
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Precisely Cutting out images from Photographs...

How would I go about precisely cutting out an image from a photo and then saving it for later? Everything i try isn't working and i'm frustrated. I see other posts where people are removing things from the background to discard them.. but i want to keep them..
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:37 PM
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Re: Precisely Cutting out images from Photographs.

Masking is the answer here.

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Old 08-23-2009, 06:03 PM
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Re: Precisely Cutting out images from Photographs.

Okay, sorry to be a bugger, but do I choose from the options of layer mask and vector mask?
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:28 PM
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Re: Precisely Cutting out images from Photographs.

I'd use layer mask.

Simply Dupe your BG image so you've now got 2 layers, add a new layer between these 2 and fill with white. Select top layer and add a mask. draw around what you want to keep with the Pen tool or however you wish. Invert your selection, click on the mask and fill with black. Slightly blur the mask with Gaussian blur to soften the transition.
Replace the white layer with your own BG
This is a basic way of doing this, non destructive, the details are still there, but hidden, it can get difficult if trying to mask hair etc.


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Old 08-23-2009, 07:21 PM
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Re: Precisely Cutting out images from Photographs.

Wow, thank you so much. That helps alot. It seems like alot of work for what you'd think was a simple procedure. I'll practice on that though.
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Old 08-23-2009, 08:55 PM
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Re: Precisely Cutting out images from Photographs.

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Wow, thank you so much. That helps alot. It seems like alot of work for what you'd think was a simple procedure. I'll practice on that though.
I have heard that comment before. Could you tell us why you thought it was going to be a "simple procedure"? Was it something you read or something someone said or??

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Old 08-23-2009, 09:38 PM
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I have heard that comment before. Could you tell us why you thought it was going to be a "simple procedure"? Was it something you read or something someone said or??

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I don't know. It seems with all the already complicated features photoshop has, you'd be able to choose a pen outline your image, press cut and save and voila! Your image has been removed and you name and save it.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:45 PM
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Re: Precisely Cutting out images from Photographs.

You can outline with the pen tool, make selection, feather a little, copy, paste into a new transparent doc, save. Peter was doing it with layers so he would still have all the original outline work for later if he wanted to go back and adjust the outline or make some other changes. A little extra work at the beginning usually saves you from having to redo it later on. Also, sometimes after you make your selection, if you click Select>Modify>Contract a pixel or 2, it will clean up any background where your outlining wasn't close enough.
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:28 AM
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Re: Precisely Cutting out images from Photographs.

just thought that i would also add that in some instances using the quick mask tool works (and umpteen other ways)

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Old 08-24-2009, 01:07 PM
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Re: Precisely Cutting out images from Photographs.

I find the easiest way to do this is to magnify the layer or image to 100 or 200%, use the pen tool to outline the object very tightly (the pen tool allows a curve), outline it, use the tool to convert the path to a selection, feather it if needed, click cntrl-c (copy), click cntrl-v (paste), and you will have a new layer with the object you outlined. Rename the file or make a .psd file, and you will be able to go to that image, click cntrl-a, click cntrl-c, and paste the object into another image by clicking cntrl-v in that image. You will now be able to use the transform tool to turn, reverse, size, or distort the layer for your needs.

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