How to Cut Out an Image in Photoshop

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Photoshop is graphics software that you can use to create, manipulate or edit images. One popular manipulation is removing, or cutting out, an object from a picture. The lasso tool allows you to do just that. There are three types of the lasso tool you can use: the basic lasso, polygonal and magnetic. Each lets you draw an outline around the image you wish to cut out, but they work in different ways.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Cut out the image using the basic lasso tool. In the tool menu on the right, select the icon represented by a small circle that looks like a rope near the top of the menu. This is the lasso tool. In your image, choose a starting point to draw an outline around the part you want to cut out. Left-click and hold down the mouse button to draw an outline around the image. Close it by bringing it back around to your starting point. There is now a blinking outline around your image. Click "Edit" from the menu at the top of the screen, and then select "Cut."

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    Use the polygonal lasso tool to cut out your image. Click on the lasso tool icon, but hold the left mouse button down until a small menu appears. There will be three options. Select "polygonal lasso tool." Begin by clicking a starting point in your image. Move the mouse just a little and click again. This lasso tool will draw very small connecting lines around the image you want to cut out. Finish by connecting the last line to the first line. Click "Edit" from the menu at the top of the screen, and then select "Cut."

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    Use magnetic lasso tool to cut out your image. This tool is often used by people who have shaky hands. Begin by clicking and holding down on the lasso tool icon. In the menu, select "magnetic lasso tool." Click the area on the image you want to begin cutting out. Slightly move your mouse around the image and an automatic outline will be drawn according to where you move your mouse based on the hue. The line that is drawn will follow the hue closest to the one you last clicked. Finish the outline by clicking the starting point. Your cutout is now selected. Click "Edit" from the menu at the top of the screen, and then select "Cut."

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    Change the magnetic lasso tool frequency for a closer cut. Upon selecting the magnetic lasso tool, an options pane will appear at the top. In the box marked "Frequency," you can enter a number from 1 to 100--1 makes the tool less sensitive to the change in colour; 100 makes it most sensitive. This means you may get a closer cut by changing the frequency to 100.

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