When you are new to Photoshop, one of the first things you should learn to do is crop an image. Today Futura takes you step by step on how to achieve this.
All tutorials onaimed at beginners contain a section on clipping in the first paragraphs. This operation is one of the basic manipulations that the neophyte must learn to master in order to edit and retouch images.
According to the dictionary, the clipping is ” elimination on a phototype of the background surrounding a subject, bya special product“. More simply, cropping an image consists in selecting one of its elements and removing the rest. In this way, the cutout object can be reused and stuck on a . Futura shows you step by step how to master this operation.
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Import an image
Once you have launched Photoshop, you must first choose the image you are going to work on. Click on “File” in the menu bar, then on “Open”.
Aexplorer type opens. Go to the folder containing your image, click on it to select it and click “Open”.
Select the object to crop
The image to be cropped has now taken place in the central working area. You will now have to isolate the element you want to keep before removing the background. For that, the first thing to do is to click on the quick selection tool in the toolbar.
Click on the element to crop (thein the example) and keep the left mouse button pressed. Then move the slider to enlarge the selected area.
At the end of the operation, the selection should roughly follow the outline of the object to be cropped.
You can see in the image below that the clipping is not yet very precise (at the level of the legs for example).
You should now outline the outline more clearly. To retouch with more precision, you can use the “Zoom” tool. After selecting it in the bar on the left of the screen, you just have to click on the part of thewhich needs to be enlarged. It may take several clicks to get to the desired size. To zoom out, hold down the “alt” key and click on the image (the zoom tool must always be active).
From now on, you must remove the unwanted areas from the selection. To achieve this, hover over the Quick Selection Tool again, hold down the “alt” key, and click on the small areas that are not part of the object. In the same way as for selecting the element, you can hold down the left mouse button to widen the area that should not be selected.
Remove background from image
When you have achieved a satisfactory result, it is time to isolate and separate the cropped object from the image. To do this, right-click on the object, then on “Layer by copy”. The new layer appears on the right. Right below you can now right click on the background and choose “Remove Layer”.
The gray and white boxes show the absence of a background, it is different from a white background. The final image should look like this.
Move the clipped object to a second image
Once the object has been clipped, you can save it for later use. To do this, click on “File” then “Save as” (choosing the appropriate format). But you also have the possibility to embed it directly on another.
To do this, first import a new image (File> Open) which displays in a new tab. Go back to the first tab. Then select the “Move” tool in the toolbar on the left. Now all you have to do is drag and drop the clipped element to the other tab.
The interface automatically switches to the second image during drag & drop. You can place the clipped element anywhere you like and then continue working on it.