The Ultimate Background Removal Guide with PhotoShop
A picture is worth 1000 words. But what if I wanna “cut” some of those words and create my own message? GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) and Adobe Photoshop are two of the most popular image editing tools out there. In this article, we will look at Photoshop’s capabilities. Photoshop offers us the possibility to remove a subject from a photo, but how to do that? Which tool will do the best job?
Photoshop offers us a bunch of tools for background removing, but lets take a closer look at this. To actually remove the background or a subject from a picture, first thing you have to do is to select it. Because of this, I have split up this process in two parts:
- The selector tools.
- The eraser tools.
The selector tools offer us the power to delimit the subject, so in later actions we can copy or remove it. The tools are:
- the lasso tools;
- the pen tool;
- quick/magic selection tools;
- quick mask;
- the color range app;
The eraser tools remove the pixels from inside the selection, or outside the selection.
This tools are:
- the eraser tools.
- the extract filter.
Note: even if every tool has a different objective they will not always give the best results, that is why a combination of them all will create the perfect selection/background removal.
One of the oldest tools offered by Photoshop, the lasso tool a beautiful way to select something fast and with no headaches. The lasso tool lets us create a continuous manual selection by click around the subject.
Photo Source: Yellow Flower
So we have this nice photo of a flower, with a cleare contrast that will help me show you how to use the lasso tool.But first thing, create a new copy of the photo, in case we do to much damage, or need to compare the final result, we can go back to the original and see.
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