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Photoshop CS6/CC: How To Cut Out an Image & Remove/Delete a Background

August 20, 2019

Hello everyone this is VerticDesigns here,
and for this video I’m going to show you the best way to remove a background in Photoshop. Now there’s many different tools and ways
of doing this. But I like to use the pen tool a lot more
because it is a lot more accurate and you could tell the computer. You could get the quick select tool or the
magnet one but they have a guess so they’re not very accurate. That’s why I like to use the pen tool instead. To start cutting the image out what you want
to do is you want to go over to left side, where all the tools are. Click on the pen tool. If it’s not selected you can right click and
it should be in here, but by default it should be the top one so you should already see it. Once you’ve got it selected what you want
to do is you want to, hold alt and using the scroll wheel to go up. Then you want to zoom in. This just makes it easier for your eyes to
see what you’re cutting out. For me it just makes it easier because I can
see the parts that I’ve missed and the parts that I need to do. Now to start it off what you want to do is
pick a corner, mine is normally going to be at the bottom or at the top. What we’re going to do is, we’re going to
do a dot to dot type of situation where we’re going to connect them all up at the end and
then we’re going to duplicate the layer which will then remove the background. Now to start it off you want to go over here
and we’re going to start off in this corner right there. Make sure that you’re on the line and going
all around it. There’s two important things that you need
to know about the pen tool. The first thing is that if you normally click,
it will give you a straight line. Now if you do ctrl + alt + z to undo it, and
do the one where you hold it in. Where you hold the left side of the mouse,
it will give you this curved line which is really useful to know. I use it all the time because there is images
that I will need to do this. This is kind of a curved line if you look
at it, it’s going to be a gap there, so we want our image to look good. Now you want to click on here and drag it
in like that. Then to get rid of this you want to hold alt
and press on it until you see that little icon symbol. Now that you’ve done that you just keep going
around it and I’m going to speed up the video just to make it quicker for you because it
will take a while, and yeah… When you get to bits like this you don’t need
to really worry about it too much because you can cut it out later on, so that’s what
we’re going to do. We’re just going to leave it for now and just
carry on doing this. As you can see this is the type of situation
where you would want to do this sort of thing. Where it will save you a lot of time, and
it is quiet accurate but you need to make it a little bit smaller and there we go. Now it looks a lot better rather than having
to go around it. Now that we’re near the end what you want
to do is, to zoom out a little bit so we can see the image. Yours is going to be a little bit more different
to mine. But mine is cut in half sort of thing, so
I can’t really do anything about that but what I’m going to do is just going to do a
rough sort of selection around it. To connect it up you just go back to the first
dot and you left click on it when the icon pops up with a circle. Once it’s all connected you will see that
it is now a line, all the dots are gone. You just go over to the top here go to selection. Make sure you have everything as me. Make sure the feathering is at 0%. Unless you really do want feathering, but
without feathering it makes it sharper and whats what we’re wanting. We want a sharp outline which will look good. Anti-aliasing is going to be on and new selection. So once you done that press ok. Then we’re going to zoom out a little bit
more so we can actually see what we’re doing. Now that you’ve got it selected, this is the
easy part. All you do is, do ctrl and j. Now, what that’s doing is that it’s going
to duplicate the layer, and we have the background still on. But if we go over to the top and we hide this
one. You can see that the background is now gone. As you can see it is really good and sharp
outline. This is exactly why I prefer the pen tool. It gives you a really nice result, compared
to other tools where you might get the white outline. The one thing you want to make sure is that
the bits that you left out that was in inside the image. Let’s say that they had a piece like this,
where you could still see a bit of the background. You just want to go back to there. Use the pen tool again and just go around
it really quick. It doesn’t have to be too perfect because
the selection will make it look good. Go over to selection again. 0% and press delete. For the very last step what you want to do
is just bring in a background and have a look at your result. If you’re happy with it, if you’re not then
you could always go back. But for me I think mine looks pretty good
and you want to just stretch the image to the right place. Make sure that it is underneath. Once you got the background you can now move
over the object, where you want it to go. For me it would look a little bit better if
I moved him here and made him a little bit small. To actually make him look like he’s there. For me all I got to do is make him the right
size. So probably a little bit smaller, that would
look good. Then you want to go over to blending options. Change the colour, make it look like the theme
of where his at. So for me it’s kind of like a blueish sort
of, darker. Dark blue a little bit like that and just
go through the effects. See which one looks good. We don’t want to much. Maybe this one. Anyway this has been the best way to remove
a background in Photoshop. Right now it doesn’t look very good, my image
because it doesn’t blend in with the right colours. But I can easily edit that later on, right
now I’m going to leave it like this. But the whole point of this video was to show
you how to remove a background and get a really good result out of it. Now even if you’re accurate like me you will
get moments where, you do get a little bit of a outline. To remove that, it is really simple. All you got to do is, right click on this
go to blending options. In here go to stroke. Make sure you put this to 1. Go to inside and then once you done that you
go over here. Where it says blend mode and make this go
to screen. This will just cut it out and it is now gone. If you’re outline is more thicker you can
easily just increase this and it will get rid of more. But for me I think this will be ok. Let’s zoom out and yeah. That is pretty much it. Anyway that has been the video. If it was helpful share it around with a friend
who might also find this useful. Comment down below what you think of the video
and I will see you all in the next video. Bye.


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  • Reply Fawcett June 27, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you for this. My beat/instrumental videos and the art in them have been elevated!

  • Reply Marj Oh Ackerman June 28, 2018 at 8:24 am

    When i press delete it didn't disappear

  • Reply Fynn Baxter June 28, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Why is my character also the color of the background?

  • Reply LazzeZar July 1, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    It didn't let me put the background on there

  • Reply Retarded Guy July 6, 2018 at 9:51 am

    i cant drag image into the photoshop>>

  • Reply End Light July 9, 2018 at 6:05 am

    It won’t let me drag the background

  • Reply Rob Gon July 11, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Very awesome thank you. what is the song in the end? Sounds awesome.

  • Reply Qonkerzz July 13, 2018 at 9:31 am

    the hold left click thing doesnt work for me

  • Reply Qonkerzz July 13, 2018 at 10:00 am

    best guide

  • Reply HIMALAYA VYNZ July 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    thnx sir ““““““ LOVE FROM PAKISTAN ““““““ I M IFTIKHAR ALI

  • Reply menghorng eng July 18, 2018 at 2:55 am

    thank you!!

  • Reply Puneet Maurya July 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    awesome vedio……………………………………….Liked

  • Reply woodpecker July 20, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    if I want to make the lines, I get a new layer… HELP???

  • Reply Stella Steelknight July 22, 2018 at 5:38 am

    None of the tool are working for me in Photoshop CC why!?

    Please help

  • Reply Sebestyén Sándor July 26, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Thank you! 😀

  • Reply William Davies July 27, 2018 at 5:11 am

    make selection is greyed out… anyone know how to fix this?

  • Reply MR-Hip Hop July 28, 2018 at 4:08 am

    thx very very helpful

  • Reply MLG A.E July 28, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    man thnx top one thats it what i was looking for

  • Reply it's Rose August 3, 2018 at 2:05 am

    AMAZING! I've been doing this wrong for years. Why didn't I find this video sooner?

  • Reply FemiFTW August 3, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    There is no selection option at the end

  • Reply Adly Leksono August 4, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    My dude, this is really helpful!
    Thank you so much!

  • Reply Christopher Haines August 6, 2018 at 8:47 am

    When Coloring things I normally tend to apply the layer (after final changes and safe fail duplicates) and apply a mass gradient overlay. It can make things pretty intense. From there you can simply highlight or darken focals and non focals with the brush. I never knew how to use the damn pencil though. Thanks for the insight.

  • Reply VkSam August 9, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Thank u dude it helped me alot u will see my banner…

  • Reply time universe traveler August 11, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I have a document in .tiff and .jpg version. I want to delete an entire section that has words and images in that section. Then add my own copy in the deleted section. I want to then bring together the left over sections from the section that I deleted closer to the copy that I added in the document. How do I do that?

  • Reply Purple Day August 15, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Nice tutorial

  • Reply chandra shekar jhadav August 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Which key words u used to resize the army man image ??

  • Reply J D August 22, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Video's like these suck sometimes because they leave out certain steps, like "bring in a background". He never explained how to do it…just did it. That's the problem with so many of these video's they seem to think everyone knows every single step when they dont.

  • Reply Ian Lončar August 23, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Tnx soo much bro!

  • Reply Dy Dy August 23, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Can you tall me what app?

  • Reply Marios Kexagias August 26, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    i cant add background… why?

  • Reply Gaming with Rabbit August 28, 2018 at 8:24 am

    thank you!

  • Reply Media D August 30, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Ahh you have to press alt after a drag click to make sure the next one isn't curved, never knew thanks. And why would you ever as that shit is so counter intuitive, that's the problem with Photoshop nd what puts a lot off. The keys and buttons you have to press to do what you want are usually hidden or the buttons so small and out the way you would never know to choose them. What should happen is the minute you choose the pen tool, a separate menu for the pen tool should pop out automatically and large, with the options highlighted by text. a little tip boxes ie, hold for curve and press alt to delete this option afterwards

  • Reply Rosé Manoban September 1, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Mine is the image gets deleted and the backgrpund remains why is this happening?

  • Reply Nemanja Pavlovic September 2, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    ty dude so much i finaly learned how to do it right all other videos are boring and they need so much time to go on top so very nice job

  • Reply NEW TRICKS September 9, 2018 at 7:01 am

    I think your a mad persion on earth how much you talking

  • Reply Young Gunz September 22, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    wwayyyyy overly complicated

  • Reply Dav1d_03 September 28, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Bro I fckin love you

  • Reply Obamagamer55 October 3, 2018 at 3:28 am

    garbage go die 🙂

  • Reply Lovenia Warner October 7, 2018 at 12:43 am


  • Reply Aaron Michaels October 15, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Great , thank you !

  • Reply Kenny B October 18, 2018 at 3:30 am

    Thank you so much

  • Reply MusicKeeps MeAlive October 29, 2018 at 10:29 am

    how to save the image with only the cutted one? i mean without the background?

  • Reply CrowMan October 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm


  • Reply MrNoClutch November 2, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Thanks this helped a lot good vid 👏👏👏👍

  • Reply deathlord9907 November 4, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    So guys we did it, we cut out a photo using photoshop

  • Reply Emmanuelle Beling November 13, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Thanks mate for this 🙂

  • Reply AshTEM November 20, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    That's is amazing what a awesome cut out like

  • Reply Paul Colbourne November 21, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Mac command???

  • Reply Simon Shaw November 22, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    A lot of help bro appreciate it!

  • Reply Claudiu Florea November 22, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Man, after 2-3 years you helped a young boy with your old tutorial, thank you!

  • Reply مملكة علم النفس November 28, 2018 at 5:22 pm


  • Reply Muddi Gaming December 4, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    This Video Always help me out when i wanted to crop my pic XD

  • Reply Mustafa H Alramadan December 9, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Very helpful

  • Reply Marcelo Casinay December 20, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    wanted to cutout part of a pic and put it in another pic, this didnt help at all

  • Reply yeith magany December 21, 2018 at 3:36 am

    it is nice video i like it

  • Reply gaming channel December 22, 2018 at 3:43 pm


  • Reply Marwan Alley December 30, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    thank you

  • Reply Zoits Stories December 30, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    i cant

  • Reply Shane Kluge January 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    When I use pen tool it auto fills with this white space I can't get rid of

  • Reply Fian putra January 13, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Thank you bro for helping me !!!

  • Reply 1LHD January 14, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    This is literally the best guide I've watched on how to do this. I have to thank you 1million fold for this.

  • Reply masa & stefan January 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you you are best

  • Reply Chris Medina January 20, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Thank you for sharing the knowledge man.

  • Reply Dan January 30, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Quick note: make sure that "Path" is selected in top left corner, not "Shape" thanks for the tutorial

  • Reply masa & stefan February 1, 2019 at 10:15 am

    You rly helped me THANK YOU 😱😱❤❤❤❤❤😀😀

  • Reply AssaultOPS February 20, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    At 6:04 how do you resize the image?

  • Reply Cindy Art February 21, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Been using polygonal tool, too affraid to use pen tool…

  • Reply tacodelivery February 28, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    how do you resize an object or picture ? sorry just bought photoshop so i dont know the shortcut

  • Reply Camille Frances Leano March 2, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Hai ive tried this one but it didn't work😭 after i press the ctrl j my picture just ruined😢

  • Reply Yuriko Katyusha March 22, 2019 at 5:33 pm



  • Reply Zyro Beats March 22, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    When i do CTRL+J it creates a layer but it doesnt cut of the backround it just makes a copy of my original photo idk what it is im doing wrong here but im following every step and it doesnt cut out the backround just makes a copy of the photo.

  • Reply Justinhulk March 23, 2019 at 12:38 am


  • Reply MasFace March 27, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    You did a great job explaining this process. I can now make some quality thumbnails! Thank you.

  • Reply Gorilla Cheese April 12, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks this video helped me!

  • Reply Dz Reality April 15, 2019 at 12:25 am

    thnks bro

  • Reply Jacob Dela Serna April 20, 2019 at 1:52 am

    why cant i drag another background from another one?

  • Reply Erik Bennett April 25, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Just looked at your vid. It answered all my questions. Thanks a lot.

  • Reply LoneWolf 01 April 30, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Everytime I press control J in opens a new layer and it just deletes what I selected. What can I do to fix it?

  • Reply Vinodjain 00001 May 10, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    when theere are easy way ===why you want to go in complicationnnnnnnnn

  • Reply IECMI May 12, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I can't drga the picture to the background

  • Reply UnsuitableAk May 22, 2019 at 12:53 am

    huge ty and huge like 😉

  • Reply shijan hossain May 29, 2019 at 10:43 am


  • Reply Dimitry Podkolzin May 30, 2019 at 4:39 am

    You just go to the top here… where? You just cut this off man.

  • Reply SPVCEMAN May 31, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I CAN NEVER REMEMBER HOW TO DO THIS LOL Ive seen this at least 50 times

  • Reply The Plane Truth June 4, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    5:39— you don't show how to insert the background.

  • Reply Betsy Karr Fitness June 5, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Thank you! Super helpful. This is what I was looking for.

  • Reply DID YOU SEE THAT June 15, 2019 at 12:17 pm


  • Reply MegaTron June 18, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Help please, when i press ctrl + j it just say copy of layer 1…

  • Reply VeeDubGamer June 29, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    best tutorial i've seen for this task, i like your style. #subbed

  • Reply Get Jabaited July 3, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Thank You So Much!

  • Reply Lemuel Adrian De Ocampo July 10, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Great help!! thanks. I owe this video

  • Reply YoloBeS July 10, 2019 at 3:35 am

    thanks sir ! good tutorial. and nice ASMR too

  • Reply zairol ridz July 22, 2019 at 5:11 am

    thanks dude

  • Reply Jouri Roosjen July 24, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you!!! This video helped me so much!!!

  • Reply RBFBOSS July 27, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    thanks bro

  • Reply Tonybc July 29, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Fucking shit i already knew how to do this and now it doesnt work

  • Reply GërÆld MãntĘ August 7, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    woww thank you idol

  • Reply GoatzXD August 12, 2019 at 1:04 am

    is it free?

  • Reply niiger Faggot August 13, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    how do you size him??

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