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!

Camera Raw Newbies Tutorial For Adobe Photoshop

Before we explore how to use camera raw files and Photoshop, it is first necessary to learn what both of these terms mean as explained is this tutorial for Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is a software program that allows you to modify and create images on your computer. A camera raw file is a type of digital picture file, similar to the common jpeg file, but with some major differences.

Essentially, a jpeg file takes the image seen through the viewfinder of your digital camera, squishes it and modifies it so it will take up less memory. Some parts of your image, especially ‘shadow’ and ‘highlight details’, are lost forever. A raw camera file stores all the data for the image so you have exactly what your camera saw. The file size is about twice as large as a jpeg but is great for high resolution work.

Raw files are manipulated through Photoshop CS (Creative Suite). CS2, 3, and 4 all support camera raw files. However, you are not initially using Photoshop, but rather a part of its Creative Suite – Adobe Bridge. Adobe Bridge is a program that allows you to store and organize your images. Open Adobe Bridge by opening Photoshop and clicking on the Adobe Bridge shortcut button that appears on your default screen.

Use Adobe Bridge to navigate to the folder in which you have stored your raw files. You should see rows of thumbnails. Right-click on the image you wish to manipulate and a fly-out menu will appear. Your best bet is to select open in camera raw. Adobe Bridge will automatically open your selected file in the Camera-Raw plug-in.

When you open a Camera-Raw plug-in window there are five sections you will have to navigate. They are:
1. Tools
2. Image preview
3. Workflow options
4. Histogram
5. Settings panels
Options one through four essentially allow you to view your image and workspace in different ways. However, it is likely that you will spend most of your time using the settings panel.

The settings panel allows you to adjust the following:-

White balance – lets you adjust the balance of light in your photo. Select from a preset list of lighting option and then adjust the tint (warm to cool) or temperature (green to purple).

Exposure – changes the amount of light exposed in your photo. Adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation.

Lens abnormalities – is a more advanced function that allows you to correct for quirks your camera may have.

Sharpening – allows you to make your photo appear crisper.

Curve adjustment – another advanced function that is not applicable for beginner use.

Once you have played with and adjusted your image to your liking, there are four options available to you:
1. Open – This saves your changes and opens your raw file in Photoshop CS2 for further manipulation.
2. Save – This also saves your changes, but in a new file while simultaneously saving your original file.
3. Done – This saves your changes to the original file.
4. Cancel – This deletes any changes you made to your original file.

For starters, it is best to save your raw file as a camera raw database. This keeps your settings together with your original image, even if you rename the file. It works best for files you want to keep on your computer only.

In the beginning, using a raw file over a jpeg may seem complicated and unnecessary. But after you become more familiar with the workings of Photoshop CS2 you will find it better to work with more versatile image files.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Uninstall – How to Uninstall Photoshop CS3 Completely From Your PC

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Uninstall – the process of removing Adobe Photoshop CS3 from your computer so that you don’t have any remnants of the application left on your system. The problem that many people have is that this application will actually leave a large number of files & settings on your computer, meaning that if you want to get rid of it properly – you have to know what you need to be able to do to get rid of any parts of the software that you may have inside your system. The good news is that you can use the steps outlined on this page to uninstall Photoshop CS3 in the most effective way possible.

Manually Uninstall Photoshop CS3

The most common way that people uninstall Photoshop CS3 is to use the “Add / Remove Programs” feature of Windows – a central feature of all Windows systems which has been designed to help you get rid of any of the applications that you have on your system. Here’s how to use this program:

  • Click “Start“, then click onto “Control Panel
  • Locate “Add / Remove Programs” (Windows XP) or “Uninstall A Program” (Windows 7)
  • When this applet loads up, select “Adobe Photoshop CS3” from the list that appears
  • Click “Remove” or “Uninstall” from the list that appears

This will basically allow you to get rid of the program using the in-built method that Windows has. The only problem here is that this often leaves a lot of files, settings & options behind that either then have to be deleted manually or by using some sort of software. We recommend using a “registry cleaner” or an “uninstaller program” to get rid of the remnants of the program after you uninstall it using this manual method.

Automated Uninstall Photoshop CS3

The next step it use an automated uninstall procedure for Adobe Photoshop CS3. This involves using a piece of software called an “uninstall program”, which is basically a tool that is able to get rid of all the parts of the program that will be installed on your system. We’ve found that there is a program called Final Uninstaller which works extremely well to remove the Adobe Photoshop CS3 application from your computer. You can see how this tool works here:

  • Download the “Final Uninstaller” application (it has a fully functional free trial & costs $27.95 after the trial expires)
  • Install this tool on your PC
  • Let it scan & find the Adobe Photoshop program you have installed
  • Click on the listing, and let it remove the program for you

This will basically get rid of all the parts of the program on your system, and stop it from loading up or returning to your PC again. This is highly effective as it will help you get rid of any of the possible issues that the software may cause if it’s not properly removed from your system. You can use Final Uninstaller regardless of whether you’re a beginner or an expert – allowing it to remove all the parts of the software you want to get rid of.