How to Cut Out Part of an Image in Photoshop Elements

Updated April 17, 2017

Your ability to cut out areas of a picture in Adobe Photoshop Elements gives you several advantages. The skill makes it possible to cut a picture into a shape and remove its geometric, or organically shaped areas. Cutting out parts of an image is also a helpful skill for collage artists who seek to assemble images in creative ways. Selection tools provide a variety of cutout styles to choose from. Employ the tool that works best for your needs.

Cut out geometric shaped parts. Select an area of the image with the "Rectangular" tool to eliminate square or rectangular areas of an image. Use the "Elliptical Marquee" to cut oval and circle areas, or the "Polygonal Lasso" tool to dispose of irregular geometric shapes within the image. Click and drag the tool of choice over the area you want to cut to create an active selection. Release the mouse and press the "Backspace" key to delete the selected area of the image.

Remove irregularly shaped areas of an image. Select the "Lasso" tool, click to start the selection, then drag your mouse around the area until you reach the point where you began. When the selection is active, you may choose "Edit" and "Cut" if you want to paste the removed part into an alternate area of the image.

Crop out undesired border areas of an image that are distracting. Choose the "Crop" tool, and click on the bottom left of the image, where you want to begin cropping the image. Drag the tool in a diagonal direction, towards the right side of the image. Stop and release the mouse when you reach the area of the image that you want to keep. Press the "Enter" key to remove the parts of the image beyond your "Crop" tool selection.

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Christina Hadley holds a Bachelor of Arts in design. She writes copy for an assortment of industries. Her work also appears in the "Houston Chronicle" small business section. Hadley is a UCLA-certified computer professional. The British Museum recently featured one of her digital images in an exhibit.