Level: Intermediate (useful for advanced users)
Have you ever tried to cut an image out of it’s background using Photoshop only to be dissapointed in the fact that it does no look good in its new background?
This is one way to do photoshop masking.
Here I go over 3 simple steps to make your cutout more realistic. This lesson was created for lower level users as well as advanced users. The technique used here to make the first selection is only used to keep the learning gradient easy. Advanced users would replace the selection steps shown below with what they know of with regard to making a selection.
Photoshop Version: CS2 (Can apply to Earlier versions up to Photoshop 7)
First select the polygonal lasso tool. Click and drag around the outside of the image you want to cutout.
Next use the lasso tool to cutout the inside parts of the image. You do this by holding [Alt/Option] and click with the lasso, then continue until you have covered the part you...