How to Cut a Hole in a Picture in Photoshop

Michael Blann/Lifesize/Getty Images

Adobe Photoshop is a software program that lets you perform a whole host of edits and apply a variety of effects to your digital photographs and graphic art. The program also makes it easy to remove, crop or slice your artwork without doing permanent damage to it. Using Photoshop’s extensive variety of selection tools, you can cut a digital "hole" in any part of a photograph to create an aged or censored effect.

Open Adobe Photoshop. Select "File > Open" and navigate to the image you want to cut a hole in.

Select the Layers palette. Double-click the background layer, which is the layer your image is on. Click “OK” in the resulting dialogue box.

Choose one of the selection tools from the Tools Panel to the left of your canvas. The Elliptical Marquee Tool is a good choice for an even, smooth hole, while the Lasso Tool will allow you to create a more free-form selection. Click and drag with whichever tool you prefer to create a selection of the area you want to cut a hole in.

Type the Backspace (or Delete for Mac users) key. The area within your selection should be replaced by a grey-and-white checkered pattern, indicating transparency. Your image now has a hole cut in it.

Select “File > Save As” from the Application menu. Enter a new name for this file so as to retain your unedited original for future use. Select a location to save the file and click “Save” to finalise the save.

Most recent