Jun 29, 2009

Paint Shop Tutorial - How to cut image from background

There are millions of ways to cut the image from background, and if you have found nice and easy way to do it, you don't have to change it. I just want to show you how I do it.

First I choose selection tool > freehand selection


I go around the image, not too carefully. I don't want to waste time with this, cause I think it's almost impossible to go so carefully around the image, that there is nothing to erase.

I copy the image and the paste it as a new image.


Now I start erasing around the imag, there is many different heads for eraser tool, I used +round 10. Opacity must be 100 %. First I go around and erase the easiest part with larger eraser, and the at last I go to details with smaller eraser size.

Now image looks already quite ready.

But I want to make sure, that the image looks fine in all different backgrounds. So I add a new layer and choose black color to that new layer. Make sure that you have the image and background in different layers.



You can see, that there is still something to erase. I go around once more with small eraser.

And then I change the color of the background layer. There is still left some disturbing stuff from the background. So I go around once more and try to erase all that stuff away. When you satisfied with the image, delete the background layer.

You must save the image without the background as a PNG Portable Network Graphics (*.png). If you save your image as .jpg all your hard work is gone for the waste, your image will have a white background, but as .png file, your image has a transparent background.



Now the image is cut out from the background quite successfully and saved as .png file. It still need some retouch and coloring perhaps...




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46 comments :

  1. I just wanted to thank you for your backgrounds. I picked one up and used it. I thanked you in a post, seemed the least I could do. And thank you for all the tuts that are scattered in your blog. I'm a disaster in tecnology but may be I shall understand something.Grazie mille Rosanna

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  2. Fabulous tutorial! I think I can do it! I've been using the lasso tool, for pitypattysake, and making a disaster of everything! It's always so messy but I've never known how to fix it! You're a doll for sharing!
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  3. Because of your fabulous tutorials I am able to do more interesting things with my photos etc. Thanks heaps for these and thanks for the fabulous backgrounds. You are very clever!!

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  4. Absolutely wonderful tutorial! All of your tutorials are just fabulous...very well written and easy to understand! I want to thank you so very much for your kindness in sharing this!! You are such a sweetheart!
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  7. thanks for a great tutorial! I find that I tend to save it as a .psp file to make the background transparent. I will have to try the .png

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  8. Thank you all, you are sweet, I will make surely make more tutorials, you give me so much encourage.

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    You can surely save them as .psp file, but .png files you can also upload to blog and send by email. I use also .psp files, if I haven't finish the image with many layers.

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  16. I try to practice with my mother's photo but when I started to erase around the image it was a completely mess because I erased parts of the photo.

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  17. Thankyou for the great tutorials. I have taken an online class,but you are easier to understand.
    One thing I would like to know is what is a good compression to save artwork at for blogposts? would it be better to save as a jpeg or png for posts?
    Thank you,
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