posted on Sep, 1 2004 @ 09:11 PM
Don’t use the “lasso tool” to cut a figure out. Instead use “vector masking”. I will lead you through the steps, what we are doing is removing
everything except the figure we want to isolate.
Setup your “layer pallet” as shown below. Click on the “original copy” and press “add layer mask”, its located at the bottom of the layer pallet, It
is the lower small red circled button in the image. When you click it you will see the mask added to the original copy layer, I have it circled at the
top of the image below. Now be sure your color pallet is black and white (press D) and click the new “vector mask”. You want to paint in Black.
Now select a hard brush (fairly large) and paint with black everything except the figure you want to keep. Just rough it out, later we will be more
precise. When you do this the image will look like its being eraced but it’s not the information is contained on the mask and not on the image. If you
accidentally remove something you didn’t want to remove change the brush color to white, click the layer mask and paint over the mistake. This will
restore the image everywhere you paint.
Now lets select a small hard brush and really get some masking done. Blowup the image, click the layer mask and erase right up to the edge of the
figure. Go around the entire figure until it’s the only thing left. Remember you can’t make a mistake here, just select white as your color to restore
the pixels to the original and redo the masking.
To fine tune choose to show either the white or black bottom layers to highlight anything you may have missed, switch between the two and look over
the image. Now you can add your background image or do anything else you want with the figure.