How to Cut Out an Image in Photoshop

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If you’re wondering how to cut out an image in Photoshop, look no further! This tutorial will show you everything you need to know.

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This tutorial will show you how to create a quick and easy clipping mask in Adobe Photoshop. A clipping mask is used to control where an effect appears in your image. In this case, we’ll be using a layer mask to cut out an image.

Layer masks are one of the most useful tools in Photoshop. They allow you to make non-destructive edits to your image by hiding or revealing parts of a layer. In this tutorial, we’ll use a layer mask to cut out an image and then place it on top of a background.

Here’s what you’ll need:
-A Photoshop document with two layers: one for the image you want to cut out, and one for the background.
-A selection tool: we’ll be using the Lasso Tool, but you can also use the Pen Tool or Quick Selection Tool.
-A brush: we recommend a soft-edged brush for this tutorial, but any brush will do.

Now let’s get started!

Select the Image

In Photoshop, you can use the quick selection tool to make a selection of an image. With the Quick Selection Tool, you can click and drag on the image to make a selection. The selection will snap to the edges of the image.

Refine the Selection

1) With the image newly opened in Photoshop, go to Select > Refine Edge. This brings up the Refine Edge dialog box.
2) Check the View drop-down menu and choose New Window. Doing so opens your image in a separate Photoshop document and displays a preview of your selection along the edges.
3) Take a look at the edge of your subject. If there are any places where the selection isn’t quite accurate, use the Refinements tool to draw over those areas. Photoshop will automatically select those areas for you.
4) Once you’re happy with your selection, click OK.

Cut Out the Image

Start by opening the image you want to cut out in Photoshop. Then, select the pen tool from the toolbar (or press P on your keyboard).

Next, trace around the outline of the subject you want to cut out. As you trace, Photoshop will create a “path” that outlines your subject.

Once you’ve gone all the way around your subject, right-click on the path and select “make selection.” This will select your subject and everything else inside the path.

Now that your subject is selected, press Ctrl+J (or Cmd+J on a Mac) to place it on its own layer. You can now delete the background layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N (or Cmd+Shift+N on a Mac).

Save the Image

Now that you have your image isolated from the background, you need to save it so you can use it in other projects. To do this, go to File > Save As and choose where you want to save the file on your computer. In the Format dropdown menu, make sure to select PNG so that the image doesn’t have a white background when you save it.


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