The next stage of this composite demonstrates how to use the Pen tool to quickly and accurately cut out the subject, the firefighter, before starting work on blending that with the rest of the scene.
- Show how to select objects in Photoshop
- Explain and demonstrate why and when to use the Pen selection tool
- Show how to use the Pen tool
- Demonstrate how to create points and curves using the Pen tool
- Demonstrate refining selections
There are a number of ways you can select and cut out objects in Photoshop. For this particular subject, Viktor’s tool of choice is the Pen tool — a powerful yet often overlooked tool in Photoshop. Viktor explains why he uses this tool and demonstrates his method to quickly and effectively use this tool. He also explains why it’s important to work with masks when cutting out objects, especially for composite work, and what to consider when cutting out objects from a dark background to place on a lighter background. This is a useful class for anyone unfamiliar with the pen tool or those wanting to learn a slightly different yet highly effective way of using it.
Before cutting out the subject:
Using the Pen tool to cut out the subject:
The subject cut out:
For more tips on creating composite images in Photoshop, read our ‘Top tips for compositing‘ article.
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