Removing a Picture from it’s Background Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a highly requested tutorial. Everyone wants to know how to take a picture and replace the background or make it transparent. Here is a method using the extract tool that first appeared in ps 5.5.Notice the strands of hair near the shoulders.

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Removing a Picture from it’s Background Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

Open your image, and double click on the “background” name in your layers pallette. This will turn it into a layer. original                  

Step 2

cutout-1Open the extract tool: Image>Extract or Option/Alt+Cmd/Ctrl+X

Step 3

cutout    1. Take the pen-toolsmarker tool and trace around the image you want to extract. Keep the marker 1/2 way on the image and 1/2 on the background. For solid areas use a small brush, for softer areas like the loose hair, use a larger brush. Tip: to adjust the brush size use the [ and ] keys. toolsbucket

2. Now take the bucket tool and fill the area you want to keep.Click OK.

Step 4

cutout-2There will be a few areas that have been accidently deleted. You can clean up the image using the eraser and the history brush.

Step 5

cutout3In the history pallette, click next to the image before the extract state. Select the history brush.

Step 6

 

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finishedSelect a small brush  size and “paint” back the image.Now you can place the image onto any background you wish.

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe