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

Cutting things out in Photoshop has to be one of the most requested tutorial topics. This tutorial is for older versions of Photoshop (CS4 and earlier), as the extract tool was replaced in Photoshop CS5 for the Refine Edge.

If you are on Photoshop CS5 or newer, please refer to our newer tutorial instead.

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

Colin Smith

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