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Cut out image?

Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by Bash, 8 Jan 2006.

  1. Bash

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    I'm very new to graphic manipulation and am having some difficulties.

    I am trying to cut out the image of some falcons from their background so I can use them within a web page. I'm using photoshop CS but am getting really lost. Could anyone explain how I might achieve this or demonstrate using one of my pictures below. Thanks.

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  2. Conrad11

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    Hi there,

    I am unsure about CS, but there was a feature in elements, much cheaper version of Photoshop CS and that allows you to have a tool and scribble inside the picture you wanted and it would get rid of everything else.

    Here is an example of the bottom one i did quickly in Paint Shop Pro using the background errazer. Could be done better if I spend more time on it:

    I saved it in PNG. so when you donwload it, it should be transparent background.

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    Conrad11...


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    sorry about the remaining green bits......I am sure you can cut them out
     
    Last edited: 8 Jan 2006
  3. Jotun

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    You use the Magic Wand Tool, the icon for it is this:

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    and you can also select it by pressing W. You may need to play around with the tolerance settings though
     
  4. Bash

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    Thanks Conrad for that. I'll have a go with the wand thanks Penguin.
     
  5. sunlitsix

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    ive got photoshop elements 4,tryed the magic extractor tool. gave me this :-
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    with abit more tweeking it would be better
     
  6. Scam

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    I always use Filter > Extract to do something like this. You highlight the edges with the green pen then fill the shape you want to keep with the blue paint thingy. Play around with the other tools in the screen, the edge correction tool is very useful. Also there is the magnetic lasso tool in the main toolbar.
     
  7. SiriusB

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    The magnetic lasso is only really any good if the image you're cutting out is in high contrast to its background. Some of those pictures should come up beautifully with the Magnetic Lasso. The Magic Wand is my prefered method of cutting out an image, unless it really complicated/details I bite the bullet and get the Polygonal Lasso out. Takes much longer but you can get it almost perfect.

    If you use a combination of tools and using the selection options [New Selection, Add to, Subtract] then you should get a good result.

    www.good-tutorials.com - search here and there should be a tutorial on it if you want more in-depth info :)

    SiriusB
     
  8. sfx

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    Not sure if you want the post or not?
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    sfx
     
  9. Bash

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    Thanks guys for all your help. I'll go away and have a play around with your recommendations.

    Wow sfx !! How did you do that? I didn't want the post but the bird's edges look perfect. Do you do or use something different from what the other guys have recommended? If so what or how? Looks great. Thanks.
     
  10. Scam

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    Thats excellent sfx, i'd be interested i knowing what you did to get those results. Mine generally come out more like sunlitsix's effort (no offense!) unless i spend ages tweaking with other tools.
     
  11. Beansprout

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    Magnetic Lassoo with 1px feather is also a good method :)
     
  12. sfx

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    Cheers guys :)

    Whenever I do something like this I always use the Polygonal Lasso Tool.

    Cheers,

    sfx
     
  13. sfx

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    Another 1 for you.

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    sfx
     
  14. divine`

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    I always use Polygonal Lasso :)
     
  15. sfx

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    Last 1.

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    Kinda tricky that 1. :)

    sfx
     
  16. robmiller

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    That last one would look great if you integrated it into the site's design - clutching onto the top of a sidebar, for example :)
     
  17. Bash

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    That's the idea robmiller. :)

    Thanks again sfx. They are stunning. I can't seem to find the Polygonal Lasso. Anyone know where it is?
     
  18. Bash

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    Sorry about that! I'm having a n00b moment. Found it. I'll go and have a play. Thanks again guys.
     
  19. sunlitsix

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    one question about this Polygonal Lasso, does it curve around rounded edges by its self or do you have to keep clicking to get the curved shape?
     
  20. SiriusB

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    See, I know what I'm talking about :D

    *points at sfx's cutouts*

    SiriusB