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3 Easy ways to cut out people or objects using Photoshop

In todays post where exploring 3 methods for how you can cut out mask objects, people or animals from a photograph using Photoshop. The tutorial is in the form of a screencast to make it really easy to follow along with the tutorial theres 3 really easy and quick techniques. This is a fundamental skill to learn in photoshop, or become more proficient when working with Photoshop.

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Tutorial Details

  • Program: Photoshop
  • Time estimation: Under 2 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy


Video transcript:

Hello, and welcome to “Creative Nerds.” In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll be showing you three of the easiest ways you can remove objects or people from photos in Photoshop. So, we’re just gonna be showing you how you can use the selection tool to quickly remove an object from a photo. So, in this scenario, we’re gonna be using the quick selection tool to remove the dog. So, we’re gonna head over to the quick selection tool from our tool menu. Ensure the plus is selected, and we’re just gonna simply draw a selection on the dog and it will automatically just pick up the dog from the background. So, we’re just gonna ensure we’ve included every aspect of the dog so all these main features are part of the selection and we haven’t gone over the background. If we have gone over the background, it’s nothing to worry about. We can use the minus and then that will remove the edges, so it will make that not part of the selection anymore, which is really helpful. Once we’re happy with the selection, if we select and mask from the top and in this will preview how it will look over a different view. So, in this scenario, we’ve got it over a red background. We can also change it so it’s a different background. So, we could do this on a transparent background, we’ve got black and white.

So, we’re sick of overlay for the tutorial. And what we can do from here also, we can make it smoother, our selection. So, the edges will become a lot smoother or we can shift in the edge or shift other edges. So safe we did have a background and it was really fuzzy around the edges. If we use pixels from the background, we could shift the edges out so it’s a cleaner selection. Once we’re happy, we’re just gonna head over to the bottom and select OK. And then we’re gonna create a new layer mask, and that will extract the dog out of the background. And from there what we’re gonna do is we’re just gonna test how it looks. So, we’re just gonna grab another background, so we can just see how it looks in context with another lifestyle image behind the dog. Center drag that layer below. And there you go. You can see our selection looks really good.

We’ll be showing you how you can use the magic eraser tool to remove the background from this model image within Photoshop. So, we wanna first start by setting our layer of our model. And we’re gonna create a new layer mask. And the reason why we’re creating a new layer mask is that we wanna work non-destructively within Photoshop. So, if we ever wanna revert back our changes that we’ve made to that layer, we can always do so. So, once we’ve done that, we’re gonna select our layer and then we’re gonna head over to the eraser tool options that we have available. We wanna select magic eraser, and all we’re gonna simply do is change the tolerance to become 32. We’re gonna change the opacity to be 100%. And we’re simply just gonna select the gray part of the background, and that will remove the background. And if we remove the layer background behind our model image, they can see the selection. So, it’s actually done a really good job of cutting out the background.

We’ll be showing you how you can use the object selection tool within Photoshop to remove an object or a person from a background using Photoshop. So firstly, we’re gonna head over to our tool menu bar and we’re simply going to look for our object selection tool. Select the object selection, and we’re just simply just gonna hover over the aspects of the background that we wanna remove. So, if you highlight over the woman, the model, you can see that that will be our selection, over the basketball board, that would be another selection. So, we’re just gonna remove the model and left-click and it will show our selection of what will be removed. Once we’re happy with it, we’re gonna select a layer mask and that will be removed from the background. We’re just gonna drag in another background so we can just see how it will look in context with another image behind the model. So, we’re just gonna scale up this nice city image and drag it behind our model. Just gonna scout on our model a little bit. And you can see that it’s actually a really good selection that is made. So, that’s a nice fast way you can quickly remove an object or a person from an image within Photoshop.

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