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Photoshop for Graphic Designers
Photoshop for Graphic Designers
2014

How to cut a person out of their background in Photoshop is very important for a designer. There are different techniques to use in Photoshop and I try to use the most efficient and up-to-date. One of the trickiest parts about cutting a person out is getting a great selection around the hair. I teach how to use channels to make a layer mask that includes a very good selection around the subject’s hair. After applying the selection to the layer mask, her hair is masked out well but still retains a bit of fringing around the edges.This is almost impossible to take care of in a selection, so my advice is to not even try. Instead of trying to make your selection perfect I go over how to color what is actually visible to look as though your selection was perfect. Using a combination of clipping masks, the brush tool and the Clone Stamp tool we get a perfect cut out of hair.
For the subject’s body we use the Pen Tool. Just click points along the edge that you want to cut out without worrying about making curves. It takes some practice but anyone can learn and there are always different techniques that will work better for each student.