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

Sharing buttons:

how are you all doing this is vertex

here and this is a novel background

removal tutorial the last one we talked

about the pencil 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 pencil first thing you want to do

is import your image by simply dragging

it into the work area or going to file

an 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 so 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 got to do is

pretty much guide it around the object

that you wanted 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's 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'll give us a

separate selection it will give us a

brand new one if we press ctrl + D to

deselect this and select the second

option this will allow us to add on to

this right here and you can see now you

have a plus next to it and if we create

Univ 1 we now have two shapes inside

each other which merged together the

third option is all about cutting the

current selection as you

see we have the opposite effect now it

is turned into a minus and we can

actually take it away from here and we

could 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 free selection options

you should consider and know the two of

options next to that one is favoring and

if you don't know what favoring 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 it to have it on 0 okay so the

last three 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 wave of it is

how many points it will plot between

each one so if we have this on 10 pixels

it will plot it down every 10 pixel 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 the bottom and

work your way all around this image you

want to create the first point by

left-clicking and then all you got to 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 the 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 in my struggle with as you can see

down here is sometimes struggles to pick

up certain colors and that is something

you don't need to worry about it right

now we can easily fix that later on all

you got to do is go back to the first

door and connect it all now that you've

created the selection we are also going

to edit it and fix the parts that we

didn't do we're gonna zoom into this

area right here I'll 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 are

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 swapped over to a minus so all

you got to 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 that you want

to cut out once again hold alt and click

on it select the parts that you don't


we're gonna go further down and also fix

this area here so this time rather than

holding alt all you're gonna 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 changes 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 got to 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 is

the opposite let's say yours is like

this where the background is actually go

out and the person isn't all you got to

do is press ctrl + I and that will

invert it ok so to fix up the hair what

we're gonna do is we're gonna use the

brush tool and we are going to select a

black color make sure you go up here and

set this one to feathering 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 N square bracket to make it larger

or smaller all right 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 a small object

and now it will just be the image and

it's standalone form or without the

background all right 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 your 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 February in

which this will create the fevour 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's 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 pray to 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 is a playlist

to photoshop or if you want to learn

editing this has been Vertica signs and

I will see you all in my next video