Photoshop CS5 now offers the ability to successfully make cut-out masks of complex subjects against busy backgrounds. This isn’t something new as there are a number of third-party plug-ins that have been able to do this type of masking, but this is the first time Photoshop has provided an effective, built-in solution. OK, there was the Extract command (which no longer ships with Photoshop), but this method, using the new improved Refine Edge command works much better. Click here to view the movie.
The main reason why the Refine Edge works as well as it does is down to the new ‘Truer Edge™’ algorithm that is employed in the Edge Detection section. As you can see in the movie, by using a basic quick selection to isolate the subject and using the Radius slider and Smart Radius in the Refine Mask dialog, these steps alone can get you pretty close to achieving a successful cut-out mask. The remaining tools allow you to fine-tune these initial results.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers (Focal Press).
This extract was taken from Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers (where you can access other sample movies about Photoshop CS5). This latest update in the Adobe Photoshop for Photographers series contains 768 pages in full color, plus a DVD containing video tutorials. The book layout has been further improved to make navigation easier and contains updated advice on everything you need to know about using Photoshop, from digital capture to print output, as well as all that is new in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
The title will be stocked in most major bookstores throughout the world and also available to purchase from:
www.focalpress.com as well as through the on-line bookstores: www.amazon.com and www.amazon.co.uk.
The Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers book is expected to start shipping after mid-May 2010.