Photoshop: How To Cut Out an Image – Remove & Delete a Background


[Intro Music] How are you all doing? This is VerticDesigns here And this is another background removal tutorial. The last one we talked about the pen tool and how that is the best way to remove the background. This time I’m going to show you a much quicker and easier way of doing it And it is just gonna be almost as accurate as the pen tool. First thing you want to do is import your image by simply dragging it into the work area, or going to File and Open. You also want to go to the Layer and where it says background you want to left click on this lock to unlock it to be a layer. You want to hold Alt on your keyboard and use the scroll wheel to go up, so you can zoom into your image. If you can’t do it this way, you can go to the zoom tool which is right here and that will let you do it that way. The tool that we’re going to be using is the third tool down. To get to it you can either press L on your keyboard or you can go here and right click on it and it will be the bottom one. Basically the way that this tool works is similar to the pen tool where it uses dots to go around and select certain objects. But this one will automatically detect where the outline is and the computer will plot it down for you And all you gotta do is pretty much guide it around the object that you want it to select. Now, in the last video I mentioned that it’s not as accurate and that is true but you can adjust the settings to make it more accurate. There are a few things that you need to know first of all about the selection tool and the magnetic lasso tool. The first thing is these options right here. If we only use this option right here which is the first one and we create a selection right here and we want to let’s say add on to this one. We won’t be able to. It will give us a separate selection, a brand new one If we press CTRL and D to de-select this and select the second option, this will allow us to add on to this one right here And you can see now you have a plus next to it and if we create another one we now have 2 shapes inside each other which merged together The third option is all about cutting the current selection As you can see we have the opposite effect now, it has turned into a minus and we can actually take it away from here And we can just cut this into a smaller custom shape The very last option is to create a custom shape inside of this one And what I mean by this is if you have a selection here. But you only want this bit here, you click on this one And only select this area right here So that is the 3 selection options you should consider and know. The 2 other options next to that one is Feathering and if you don’t know what Feathering is it pretty much adds a nice soft effect around your selection You can see that the image has a soft edge around it If you’re looking for nice sharp edges, then you want to have it on 0. Okay so the last 3 options, these are also really important to know. What these options do is these actually determine how well or how bad the magnetic lasso tool works For example if we look at the Width and Contrast and Frequency, the Width of it is how many points it will plot between each one So if we have this on 10 pixels it will put it down every 10 pixels The Contrast of it is how well it can determine the line that you are wanting to select So if your image was difficult to select you can increase the contrast and it will try to pick up colors much better The Frequency of it is how many points it will plot in total The first thing you want to do is pick a corner or an area which you’re going to start It’s a lot easier if you start at the bottom and work your way all around this image You want to create the first point by left clicking and then all you gotta do after that is let the computer do the work for you If you wanted to, you can manually add them yourself so as you can see right now I’m adding some of them on the edges and corners To help it be more accurate But you can start to pick up your speed as you can see and it is doing a really nice job right now of selecting our image The corners are usually the ones that you might struggle with As you can see down here, it sometimes struggles to pick up certain colors and that is something you don’t need to worry about right now, we can easily fix that later on All you gotta do is go back to the first dot and connect it up Now that you’ve created the selection we’re also going to edit it and fix the parts that we didn’t do We’re gonna zoom in to this area right here, let’s start off with this first Okay so the next tool that we’re gonna use is called the polygonal lasso tool. This one is similar to the pen tool but this one doesn’t have any points So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna remove this area right here. For us to be able to edit this selection right now, you need to make sure that you’re selecting this option right here You will now see it is a plus and to do the opposite to this you hold Alt and now you see it swapped over to a minus So all you gotta do is hold Alt, click the first point and then you can let go of Alt and go around the parts which you don’t need and the parts you want to cut out Once again, hold alt and click on it, select the parts that you don’t want We’re gonna go further down and also fix this area here So this time, rather than holding Alt all you gotta do is click on this line here and select the parts you want to be added to it Okay so another useful thing about this tool is if you wanted to, you don’t have to go to the first dot you can connect it up from here by holding CTRL and then you’ll see the icon changing to a circle And we can connect it from here if we Left Click it is now selected. We’re also going to fix this area right here where it goes out slightly. Once again, hold CTRL and click on it and there we go So if we look at this image right now it’s looking really good Okay so all you gotta do now is go down to this icon right here and create yourself a mask. As you can see the background is now gone but we can always switch back by disabling the mask So if you hold SHIFT and click on the icon it will disable the mask and if you hold SHIFT again and click on it, it will show you the image with the mask If yours the opposite, let’s say yours is like this, where the background is actually cut out and the person isn’t, all you gotta do is press CTRL and I and that will invert it Okay so to fix up the hair what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna use the brush tool and we’re gonna select a black color, make sure you go up here and set this one to Fathering And then just fix up some of the parts which aren’t looking good You can use the shortcut keys on your keyboard which is the square bracket and the end square bracket to make it larger or smaller Alright so we’ve pretty much removed the background, if you want this to be completely gone and you don’t want the background, you can right click on the layer and convert it into a Smart Object And now it will just be the image in its standalone form or without the background Alright so now what we’re gonna do is we’re also going to fix up the edges a little bit, let’s say your image isn’t as smooth on the edges, you can hold CTRL and click on the icon And that will select your image, go to the second tool and click on Select and Mask And these options will pretty much help you to fix the edges of you image You have all the preview options here, if you wanted to you can preview it on certain colors or certain overlays You can look at transparency, the edges, the ones that you will focus on are Smooth, Feather and Contrast These play an important role to fix your image, you have Feathering which this will create the Feather effect and then Contrast will take it away And this will smoothen your image down You can play about with these and see which one works for you Once you’ve done all that and you’re happy with your settings, you can press OK and that will apply it to a new layer And that is pretty much it, that’s how you use the Magnetic Lasso Tool to remove the background You can always move this wherever you want, you can use it on certain projects that you have open You can save it, you can add a background right here if you wanted to You can create one by creating a background But anyway, I hope this video was helpful, if it was leave a comment and give it a Thumbs Up to show other people it was a good video If you’d like to see more tutorials you can go down to the description and there’s the playlist to Photoshop or if you want to learn editing This has been been VerticDesigns and I will see you all in my next video! Bye [Outro Music]

100 Replies to “Photoshop: How To Cut Out an Image – Remove & Delete a Background”

  1. Something happened as I was unable to move my object around on the screen like he did after I selected convert to smart object

  2. This an awesome videos I have seen ever to remove background of an image. Many thanks and we want more videos on PS.

  3. im having trouble removing the background when I save my cut out & paste it to my thumbnail it has a white background any help?

  4. Nice tutorial, well explained. But I'm just wondering of how to cut the background from a specific image and another image and join them together.

  5. I could ask you something you tell me why when I put my brush photoshop does not show me in the field how it will look when I paint how to do it like you.

  6. Great, except how can i actually save the pic of the person only? Photoshop wants to add a background, (white, black etc) – but the whole point is to cut off the background!…

  7. i hope your mother dies of cancer you fucking piece of shot you dumb ass fucking human being you don’t deserve to live here i hope you watch your mother on her death bed crying saying she wished she had one more moment with you dumbass. shit video

  8. How do you separate two layers for a background and a image? I only have 1 layer, you didn’t show how to make 2 layers and a mask.

  9. Awesome tutorial… lol, as my background is still in there when I saved it, so I have no clue what I did wrong, but it didn't work

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