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Siggy Design Question

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
How do you separate your kitty's image from the background in the photo so you can paste it on a different background. I can only crop in squares. What programs is everyone using?
post #2 of 15
I use photoshop to go around the photos, do you have photoshop? If so I can tell you how!


It does take a bit of practise to get it perfect, as in going around the photos but it gets easier the more you do it!

Eva
post #3 of 15
I use Photoshop Elements
post #4 of 15
I use Paintshop Pro and use the freehand selection tool - it makes cutting out the kitty's profile quite easy. Sometimes it takes a little working around the finer detail though.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea
I use Paintshop Pro and use the freehand selection tool - it makes cutting out the kitty's profile quite easy. Sometimes it takes a little working around the finer detail though.
That's what I use, too. I only figured out the freehand selection tool a few weeks ago - before that, I was erasing the background!
post #6 of 15
I use Paint Shop Pro 8 & I also use the freehand selection tool with feathering. The larger the photo, the higher I set the feather option... it gives the cutout softer & more natural looking edges.

I first learned how to do cutouts from this tut... Cut It Out! I still pretty much do them the same way... cutting out small areas at a time, but I always use a feather when cutting out furry animals.


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Originally Posted by jcat
I only figured out the freehand selection tool a few weeks ago - before that, I was erasing the background!
I use to do the same thing too & it sure does take a long time!
post #7 of 15
I use Photoshop. I was never all that good at getting a smooth cut out using PaintShopPro, but with Photoshop is very easy and very exact. I usually feather an image after it's cut out to make it look smoother.
post #8 of 15
I have Paintshop Pro and Photoshop but prefer Photoshop (PSP hasn't been opened in ages), I also use the freehand selection tool with feathering for the fluffies to get a smoother line
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21
I have Paintshop Pro and Photoshop but prefer Photoshop (PSP hasn't been opened in ages), I also use the freehand selection tool with feathering for the fluffies to get a smoother line
I've still got to work on the feathering!
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by jcat
I've still got to work on the feathering!
Your current sig looks feathered decently, the lines are just right... not too 'cut' nut not fuzzy either, generally I find it helps to layer a 2nd copy of the cat at a lower opacity or on 'soft light' setting and use a line type bush on low opacity to erase tiny pieces of fur to make it look like fur
post #11 of 15
I'll have to try it. My major problem is that my software is in German, and the book I have (PSP 9 for Dummies) is in English. Quite aside from the fact that the only computer course I've ever had was in Basic, about 20 years ago!
post #12 of 15
http://www.pinoy7.com/psptutorials/p...pulation.shtml is super helpful and shows keyboard shortcuts to do all the different tools in each tutorial

and for newbie basics: http://www.hypergurl.com/tutorials.html
post #13 of 15
Thanks for the links!
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks everybody! I'm going to try to redesign my siggy.
post #15 of 15
Tricia I just have to say, you've come a long way in sig designing!
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