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HOW TO "CUT OUT" OBJECTS: METHOD 3 POLYGONAL TOOL

Method 3 allows for sharp and precise selections. It's also good to use because like using masks, it maintains a certain amount of the original image information.

1. Open the image in Photoshop and select the polygonal too. Set the feather to 0 pixels for a sharp selection. Begin tracing the object you wish to cut out. Holding "shift" while clicking will add to selections and holding "alt" will delete from selections. Double clicking will close the selection.

2. Once the selection is made, right-click inside of the selection and choose "Layer via Copy". Now the selection will be copied to its own layer keeping the original image intact.

3. The object is now seperated from its background and ready to be used in the illustration. This method is a little faster than the previous methods because less time is wasted erasing the background.

 

 

 

Reader Comments (2)

a small tip for this method is that since you have to be in a "zoom in mode" to select corectly, you will need to use the spacebar as "pan" to the image. (also the shortcut ctrl + for zooming in and ctrl- for zooming out are rather useful)

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSal D.

Hi Alex... First of all thanks for sharing your knowledge and techniques, they are incredible and really fast and easy to apply...
I've never use this method because it is too slow (or I am too slacker), so I just go with the polygon as u do but in a fastest less accurate way, and then I use the feather tool smoothly, getting a good result in a less time. :-D

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

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