There are a few different ways to cut out an image in Photoshop, but which one is the best? Here’s a look at a few different methods and when you might want to use each one.
1. The Quick Selection Tool
The Quick Selection Tool is great for cutting out simple images with fairly well-defined edges. If your image has a lot of detailed areas, like hair or fur, you may want to use another tool to get a more precise selection.
To use the Quick Selection Tool:
1. Select the Quick Selection Tool from the toolbar on the left side of the screen.
2. Hover over the area you want to select and click-and-drag to define the selection. 3.
To add to the selection, hold down the Shift key and click-and-drag over additional areas. To remove areas from the selection, hold down the Alt (Option on a Mac) key and click-and-drag over areas you don’t want included. 4. When you’re happy with your selection, go to Select > Inverse to inverse the selection so everything outside of your selection is highlighted. Then hit Delete on your keyboard to remove the unselected area.
2. The Pen Tool
The Pen Tool is great for making precise selections, especially around complex shapes or curves. It can be a bit tricky to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a powerful tool.
To use the Pen Tool:
1. Select the Pen Tool from the toolbar on the left side of the screen. Click around the edge of the area you want to select to create anchor points. As you click, Photoshop will automatically draw straight lines between anchor points.
If you need to curve the line, click-and-drag on an anchor point to create a curve.
3. To close off your selection and complete the shape, click on the first anchor point you created. This will connect the last line segment back to your starting point and complete the shape.
3. The Magnetic Lasso Tool
The Magnetic Lasso Tool is similar to the Quick Selection Tool in that it’s great for cutting out simple images with well-defined edges. However, it can be a bit more precise than the Quick Selection Tool since it automatically snaps your selection border to edges as you move your cursor around.
To use the Magnetic Lasso Tool: