Photoshop: Cutting Out the Background

Have you ever wanted to eliminate the distracting background from sculpture photographed on-site?  Cutting out the background can be very easy or a bit challenging, depending on how complex the image is. The magic wand tool can be a very effective tool when your background is simple in nature.

Step-by-step:

1. Select the magic wand tool from the toolbar.

2. Click on the area you want to sample. The magic wand will outline the area with flashing dotted lines.

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3. Initially, the magic wand may only pick up some of the background. Use the sub-tools to add or subtract to the selection and continue clicking on the areas to add until the sculpture is isolated.

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4. Use the Exposure tool to adjust the background to white or black, pulling it to the far right for white or far left for black.

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5. You may need to use the clone tool to clean-up areas that the magic wand tool missed.

 

 

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