Photoshop Cutouts and Photo Artwork For Adobe Photoshop Beginners

Using Photoshop cutouts to make photo artwork is probably the most desired skill for Adobe Photoshop Beginners (and Adobe Photoshop Elements beginners). Beginners to the program or people who have never used Adobe Photoshop want to make photo artwork by combining multiple pictures together for graphic art, collages, or just for fun. Using Photoshop to cutout pictures is not only a desired skill, but required for most of this basic photo artwork.

If you are one of the Adobe Photoshop beginners, there is good news! Learning how to use Photoshop to cutout pictures is not very difficult to learn, and with a little practice it can be mastered to help you make amazing photo artwork. If you have tried your hand at photo cutouts, you may be wondering what the tips and tricks are to get rid of jagged corners and rough edges to your cutout images. Why do the images in all the professional photo artwork look so smooth?

For the Adobe Photoshop beginners (Photoshop Elements included), let us start with the basics – and there are certainly enough basic tips to get you going without any super advanced techniques. For Photoshop cutouts – such as a person – from an image, you will want to use the lasso tool. There is a basic lasso tool, a magnetic lasso tool, and a polygonal lasso tool. For precise photo artwork cutouts, we will disregard the basic lasso tool and focus just on the magnetic and polygonal lassos. I primarily use the polygonal lasso but the magnetic is great if your image has very defined borders (against the backdrop) and if you do not want to spend a lot of time for cutting out images. It will attract itself to what it can see as the edge of your preferred cutout image, based on contrasting colors and shapes.

So are you ready to make photo artwork with Photoshop cutout techniques? With your image selected, zoom in to a range of around 150-300% so you can clearly see the image to be cutout. Select the polygonal lasso tool and take your time to select points around the edges of your image. For example, on a person take extra time around the face, ears, fingers, etc. When you get all the way around the image, connect the last point with the first point until the cutout is selected. This is where many people are left with jagged edges in their artwork. Right-clicking will give you many different options and a “Layer via copy” will create a new Photoshop cutout layer with exactly what you cutout (often with a few rough corners.) Instead, an easy way to create a smooth photo cutout is by using the feathering technique.

Selecting the Feather option will bring up an option of how many pixels you want to feather – or blur – around your selection. How precise you want your photo cut out and the size of the image will determine how many pixels you want to choose, and experience will help you to know (remember you can undo any action quickly!). After you feather, you can then use the “Layer via copy” action. If you are Photoshop beginner, try this technique and use a feathering of about 2-10 pixels and look at the result. Chances are it will be a smooth cutout that can be part of your new collage, illustration, or photo artwork.

Feathering is an integral part of skills needed for Adobe Photoshop beginners and can be used for cutouts, blending images, and combining photos. This basic technique for mastering the essentials of Photoshop cutouts is very simple and can be added to by a variety of techniques that you can explore at your own leisure. Once you know the fundamentals behind photo cutouts and feathering, you will learn to have all sorts of fun creating photo artwork in Photoshop!

Tutorial For Adobe Photoshop CS5

Hopefully sometime this week Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 (CS5) will officially be released, although I can already expose a few of the new features in this tutorial dedicated to the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CS5.

The team at Photoshop has been concentrating their efforts in improving two major areas of improvement as they have done for each and every one of the latest CS versions. First they take a look at what needs to be improved on in CS4 – There is nothing better than user feedback, so they will have already spent a lot of time looking improving existing CS4 functions and applications.

Even though we will now be looking at the new Adobe Photoshop CS5 functions, I must stress at this stage that overall new CS5 product will be practically 90% the same as CS4, so if you do decide to upgrade, there is only about 10% of the total program that you will need to learn how to use effectively.

So the main area of improvement is without a doubt the brand new features that Photoshop add, allowing the Adobe brand always one step ahead of the competition, and these new tools will also allow us to edit photos like no man has edited them before. Are you getting excited now???

First of all, CS5 is going to allow major improvements to the way “brushes” and “painting” can function in Photoshop. We will have the ability to use a photo (or any image) like a template canvas or color palette for painting. By clicking on a certain area you will be able to simulate dipping your brush into paint. Then you will be able to drag that color out to be spread around while simulating a wet brush. You can also mix colors as much as you like, and achieve a number of different effects that will give your images a completely new look.

The second improvement will allow you to simulate brush physics while you are painting. An animated 3D brush preview will show alterations based on pressure, and rotation. This in turn will affect the means in which the paint is applied to the canvas as though you had a real brush. A variety of presets are available, although you will even be able to use your own creativity in order create your own.

What Is Adobe Photoshop Exchange And Why Is It Beneficial?

Adobe Photoshop Exchange Abilities

The Adobe Photoshop exchange is useful for increasing one’s abilities in Adobe Photoshop. It’s true that you’ll need adobe Photoshop training, and/or adobe creative suite classes in order to use the program, but the more tools you have to use with Photoshop, the more effective you’ll be.

General Photoshop Use

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most powerful illustration software packages around. You can use this program to draw your own pictures, or modify existing pictures. The program has enough power that it also supports adding a lot of different kinds of tools from the outside.

This means that by adding outside tools for use in Adobe Photoshop, you can micromanage what you need for any given product. Different projects need widely different tools, so this ability is important. One way to gain these extra tools is through the Exchange.

Increase Your Range

The Photoshop exchange has a variety of free tools that allow you to do much more in Adobe Shop than you could otherwise. It’s useful to look in the particular part of the exchange that you want to find tools there. This is because there are many different kinds of tools available, from brushes, to plugins, to pictures.


Filters add color and style to any project that you’re working on. They are unique to a strong engine like Photoshop that works in multiple layers. By adding the right filter to your project, you can stamp it with your particular style, and get the exact right feel that you want.

A major benefit to using the exchange is that you get access to more filters. The ones that you have access to in Photoshop may not be the right ones that you need. By adding extra filters, you could make or break your entire project since filters affect how every aspect of what you’re working on appears.


Another benefit of the exchange is access to plugins. These are programs that add to the abilities pf Photoshop. By getting an extra plugin you can expand substantially what you’re able to do in the program.


Glow Brushes

An example is the glow brushes. Glow brushes give a major benefit to anyone’s Photoshop experience. These are great for doing effects in comics, for example. They will also work well in any illustration where you want any kind of magic effect. This is because of the particular glowing properties of this particular tool.

Swirl Brushes

Another example of a tool in the exchange that can be quite useful is the swirl brushes. These are a 2500 pixel swirl and they can add artistic expression to any artistic endeavor.


The Exchange is a great place to fill in the missing hole for whatever your project needs. It’s a good idea to look over the whole of the exchange carefully to make sure you aren’t missing anything that might be of use to you in the short or long term.