Cutouts

 

original full cutout

full cutout Setting: Aperture Priority Fstop: 22 DTP: Mesa Falls Apartments; Rexburg, Idaho; ~7:15 p.m. Camera: Canon SL-1 with Canon 18-55 mm. kit lens

original partial cutout

. partial cutout Setting: Aperture Priority Fstop: 22 DTP: Construction Site; Rexburg, Idaho; ~7:00 p.m. Camera: Canon SL-1 with Canon 18-55 mm. kit lens.

Cutouts:

For both pictures, I used the quick selection tool like it said on the tutorial to select the subject matter. I didn’t really need to use the refined edges step for difficult areas because I didn’t have any hair or anything. But I selected the subject matter, then I applied a layer mask and “erased” the background by filling it in with black. Then I went back to refine the edges where the quick selection tool failed or where the edges just looked grainy using a white brush. For the bulldozer, to get those really crisp edges, I used the polygonal lasso tool on those straight edges and filled it in with black on the layer mask.

Conclusion:
Being new to photoshop, this lesson, albeit essential to learn, was frustrating to do. I spent a lot of time on those edges trying to get them right. But the tutorial was really helpful and the longer I spent on it the easier it got.  Also, it’s nice to have a wife who is a graphic design major to check your work.

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