How to: Cut Out Images in Photoshop Using the Pen Tool

28th September 2014

Looking for help cutting out images from photos so that they could be pasted into different scenes? There are many ways of doing this, including using the magic wand tool, although many work well only where there’s a plain background. My suggestion involves using the pen tool to create a path around the image, converting that line to a selection and then lifting that into a new layer. I use this method quite often myself because it works regardless of the background, giving good results even if the area around your subject is busy. You also get a nice clean line, although it takes practise and patience to make the initial outline accurate. I recommend zooming in!

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