Photoshop Blog – Cutting out Renders

Hello again,

This blog post is about cutting out people, cars or any other objects you want cut out of pictures to use in your graphic images.  I do a lot of sports graphics so cutting out the athletes is a daily process for me.  When I first started cutting out the players I would use a layer mask and just “erase” away the background.  I didn’t know any other techniques and doing it that way was very time consuming.  Since I didn’t know any other way that was it for me.  I thought I was doing a great job.  Only to realize later that there is a much simpler, and when I say “much” I mean it liberally, way of cutting things out.

The best way to cut certain things out of pictures is to use the pen tool.  What you want to do is zoom in on the photograph to 200-300%.  The further you zoom in the better your cut will be.  Now one thing to remember with Photoshop is that is a pixel based program.  So there really isn’t such thing as round edges in Photoshop.  Since pixels are square when you zoom in you will see that the edges of the object aren’t really rounded.   Read the rest of this entry

Photoshop Blog – Depth

Good day to you all,

My name is Christopher DeGraw and I will be posting helpful hints and cool things about Photoshop that you might not have known about otherwise.  Today is my first post for this.  Today I am going to talk about depth.  This is something I get asked about a lot.  “How do you create so much depth on your wallpapers?” Well, there are several techniques used to create/add depth in your image.  I use this mostly when dealing with my sports graphics but it can also work with other types of designs.

One way to help create/add depth to your image is to make multiple layers of the same image, for instance in my Roy Helu wallpaper on the homepage I made three layers of Helu.  After copying the layers I took the first copy and made it into a black & white image.  Now you can adjust the way the black & white image looks in the settings for making it black & white.   Read the rest of this entry