Complete Cutouts, Part 1
Tips & Tutorials, by The Advanced Photoshop Team
Dani Dixon shows you how some of Photoshop’s features can speed up and simplify your selection tasks
Thanks go out to Dani Dixon for this Photoshop tutorial.
Step 1: Create a selection
Open up your chosen start image and begin by creating a selection around the chosen model/object. In this example, the Pen tool was used to create a path and the path was then saved in the Paths palette. To re-access, you have to Cmd/Ctrl-click on the saved path’s thumbnail to create an active selection.
Step 2: Viewing Mode
Go to Select>Refine Edge to bring up the new and improved palette. Here you will find all of the tools we will be covering in this tutorial. Start off by choosing your viewing mode. To see the results most effectively, opt for On White.
Step 3: Erase Refinements tool
On the left side of the palette sit the Refine Edge and Erase Refinements tools. Select the Erase Refinements tool and paint over a complex edge of your selection. The results are instant – smooth, straighter, improved edges, putting an end to scrappy cutouts. A fantastic new feature when tidying up hair or fur.
Step 4: Refine Radius Tool
Switch to this tool and paint over any areas where you know there are stray hairs which are far too complex to cut out by hand; this tool will make them appear as if by magic. This tool expands the detection area allowing all stray elements to show.
Step 5: Use tools together
Combine the Refine Edge and Erase Refinements tools together when working, but use carefully. Use Refine Edge to pick out the fine details, then tidy up the main selection’s edges with Erase Refinements. Work slowly as these tools take some getting used to, but can offer fantastic results.
Step 6: Save to a New Layer
When happy with the progress made so far, enter Output and select how you wish for your image to be saved. Here we saved as a New Layer with Layer Mask, which does exactly what it says.
To be continued…