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How to Cut a Person Out in Photoshop

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Cut Anything Out of its Background in Photoshop

Today we are covering how to cut a person out of their Background in Photoshop. The techniques used in today’s episode actually apply to just about anything you would want to cut out. One of the trickiest parts about cutting a person out is getting a great selection around the Hair. Today we 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 in a new way that will make it easy for people. Just click points along the edge that you want to cut out without worrying about making Curves. Once you have all your points in place, go back over them and while holding ALT/OPTN click and drag the points to create the Curves you want. You can also use CTRL/CMD to move each point.


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    On 06:29 you mention a key stroke. I have listened over and over again but i do not understand the shortcut. Something like ready command?