the Handy Brander series: 'Cutting' Backgrounds in Photoshop

Emanuela Dadarlat, IMA | Designer | Founder of ART'EM

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17 Videos (2h 29m)
    • intro

      3:09
    • applications

      2:19
    • how not ...

      6:08
    • basics [1]

      9:44
    • basics [2]

      6:59
    • basics [3]

      6:04
    • basics [4]

      7:36
    • advanced anchor points

      16:01
    • multiple objects

      12:53
    • what's with the hole?

      9:17
    • complex paths

      11:50
    • background challenges

      10:40
    • awesome extra exercises

      6:43
    • the grand finale....me

      14:17
    • hair refinement

      14:48
    • paths exercise

      5:37
    • conclusions & project

      4:37

About This Class

Cutting subjects out of their background….it sounds like one of those small things that everybody knows how to do, with some ‘one click’ app….and it sounds boring anyway! Right? 

Well, background cutting is indeed one of those things that everyone expects you to know, but do you really?! And it might seem ‘small’, but it’s one of the most essential [if that’s proper English] skill in my branding work. Websites, banners, flyers, book covers, you name it….they all use photos…..and I see a lot of crappy work out there because of poor cropping.

In this class you will:

  • start mastering the pen tool
  • learn to make use of layer & vector masks in Photoshop
  • ultimately, learn how to cut different subjects from their background [in a clean, professional way], from the simple ones to the more complex ones, like people with little to no contrast from their background

TALKING:

          • how NOT to do it & why

   1. PEN TOOL

          • what is does + elements
          • types of anchor points
          • creating & manipulating paths
          • paths panel 
          • related pen tools
          • using the pen tool on the fly

   2. VECTOR MASKS

          • what they are and when to use them
          • combining paths in vector masks
          • adjusting them

   3. LAYER MASKS

          • what they are and how to use them
          • color range selection
          • refining
          • fine refining with brushes 


Can't wait to 'see' you there....stay amazing,
Em B-)

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Emanuela Dadarlat

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