How to Cut Out Just About Anything Using Photoshop

Being able to precisely and accurately select and mask things in Photoshop is one of the most fundamental and essential skills any photographer or retoucher can possess. This helpful video will show you how to cut out just about anything you'd ever want to using Photoshop.

Coming to you from Jesus Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel, this great tutorial will show a masking workflow by making use of the Select and Mask workspace in Photoshop. The Select and Mask workspace is where you'll often cut out objects or people in the program, whether that be for composite work or some other purpose. If you're new to this technique, one of the first things to note is that this sort of work is rarely done in one step. The process has a lot of steps of refinement, so be prepared to be patient and to really work the selection to a state of perfection. I recommend paying particular attention to and practicing the section on removing fringing, as fringes can be a bit of a nagging leftover from a selection that can undermine your ability to create a realistic composite. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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Pedro Quintela's picture

Very handy tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

Matthias Dengler's picture

All that scum-dot on the mask....He doesn't reveal the masks enough to refine properly, just looking at the final image....
Why does no one teach the only proper way?
Channel selection with dodge & burn.
Super effective. Quick, fast, precise.

Lauris Galsons's picture

Could you make than a tutorial your proper way ?

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John Connor's picture

You mean like the video he did last week?

And C'mon on! There is no "only proper way" to do anything. Every image and task is different. But I'm with Lauris, you should make a tutorial that shows us the "only proper way."

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John Ohle's picture

Great article!