How To Cut Anything Out in Photoshop

Clipping a subject from its background in Photoshop has to be the most common task a designer will encounter in their every day working life. The pen tool is the go-to tool for cutting most things out, but there’s some cool techniques you can use for hair, fur and other specialty subjects. So let’s crack on and look at the tools we have available to us in Photoshop.

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37 Thoughts on “How To Cut Anything Out in Photoshop

  1. Spoon Graphics on November 2, 2017 at 12:36 pm said:

    Join my mailing list at Spoon Graphics if you want to keep up with all my other content. Every subscriber gets a FREE design resources bundle! ?

  2. Dream Sky Studios on January 15, 2018 at 3:03 am said:

    Too fast.

  3. Fernando Pestana on January 15, 2018 at 5:24 pm said:

    what’s the music during the first few minutes of the video?

  4. Jumaane Sablan Cabrera on January 18, 2018 at 8:19 pm said:

    Thx mate! Great run through. I appreciate it!

  5. Will Fitton on January 21, 2018 at 7:38 pm said:

    Dude sounds like jackfrags

  6. Nagy Otto on January 22, 2018 at 6:44 pm said:

    toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fast

  7. Danny Rhee on January 24, 2018 at 3:05 am said:


  8. Karen Gray Photography on January 26, 2018 at 12:18 pm said:

    Brilliant! Sometimes as a photographer I question myself “Am I doing this right”? .. This video just proves there’s no right or wrong way .. you just use which tool suits you the most. Personally I may have a look at Fluid Mask !!

  9. Sastei12 on January 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm said:

    Way too fast, techniques are good but the entire video is junk because it’s too fast. What is the purpose of uploading this if you’re not going to explain.

  10. Vigbedor Richard on January 28, 2018 at 9:24 pm said:

    Too fast

  11. What in the World? on January 29, 2018 at 11:35 am said:

    I think maybe you need to rename the vid. I came looking for exactly what your title was but it didn’t help me. Great vid. But a more accurate title like overview of cutting methods in Photoshop maybe better

  12. HAG STUDIOS on January 31, 2018 at 1:31 pm said:

    who subs me iwill sub them

  13. Uziel Tulayba Dahilig on February 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm said:

    its missing on 2017 +Spoon Graphics

  14. Auto Correct on February 2, 2018 at 9:38 pm said:

    I know how to select something , But I can´t (Don´t know) How to delete my selection.
    Somewhere I red Its Backspace but doesn´t work

  15. UndeadCock on February 12, 2018 at 8:05 pm said:

    what does he press to remove the background at 3:58?

  16. Dibakar Handique on February 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm said:

    Make it slow man I can’t see what are you doing

  17. Andrew Brannan on February 22, 2018 at 9:34 am said:

    pointless, its so fast I learnt zero. well done!

  18. Justin Morgan on February 24, 2018 at 5:16 pm said:

    Wow this is what ive been looking for thank you!

  19. William on February 24, 2018 at 6:40 pm said:

    Can you have multiple websites installed on your local machine?  If so, how?

  20. cristhian serna on February 25, 2018 at 5:16 am said:

    Mate, I’m sure you’ve heard this tons of times but: You’re the best at this. Thanks! Subscribed.

  21. Shammas Shamma on February 27, 2018 at 3:41 am said:

    it was really useful for me but your movement is really fast which we cannot able to follow your path, so it is more helpful for us if you slows down your movement thank you

  22. javiskates2017 on February 27, 2018 at 4:52 pm said:

    Dawg. You’re going way too fast. Also, tell us when you do a shortcut. Tell us what buttons to press.

  23. Wychwoods Yve on March 1, 2018 at 9:01 am said:

    Awesome, thanks Chris

  24. Layarion on March 4, 2018 at 2:31 am said:

    sadly, i did’t see the video about the pen curves in your playlist.

  25. fred kelly on March 6, 2018 at 1:51 am said:

    I always remember the first thing I was told in Photoshop and that was the pen tool will be the most important tool you will ever use in Photoshop. I took that to heart and used the pen tool and only the pen tool. Took a bit to learn and a lot longer to master but I always stress it’s importance to new people as well. Of course I use the wand and regularly but if you’re looking at using photoshop as something more than an amusement the pen tool is essential. Oh and Photoshop 5 was the one I started on, not that much has changed to be honest.

  26. pokemon sextrade on March 8, 2018 at 1:03 am said:

    take a shot every time you hear “hair or furr” ° ͜ʖ ͡ –

  27. Bülent Özcan on March 8, 2018 at 4:02 pm said:

    way tooo fast. Normally each of them shoul be a separate tutorial. I didn’ t understand how you pick the tool, minimize, maximize and select the area at the same time. So what was this for? Just to show how good you are??

  28. ZeuShen X on March 11, 2018 at 9:05 am said:

    how the fridge do I crop my face and put it on a doctor’s body? I have photoshop CS2

  29. suruha2306 on March 12, 2018 at 10:04 pm said:

    Far out! Thank you!

  30. ChaosKing21 on March 13, 2018 at 4:30 am said:

    is this ms paint?

  31. Nikola Janev on March 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm said:

    how to make the circle smaller

  32. muhammed akdeniz on March 15, 2018 at 9:51 pm said:

    Perfect ????????????

  33. Initial Apparel on March 16, 2018 at 2:46 am said:

    Being a bit more informative would be nice but thanks for the upload, you’re very talented.

  34. Julian Schecter on March 16, 2018 at 4:06 am said:

    Hey Chris, thanks for this! This was very helpful! I look forward to seeing more of your videos! You just earned a new subscriber! 🙂

  35. Robert on March 16, 2018 at 5:27 am said:

    Wat to fast.

  36. Lyla Zhang on March 18, 2018 at 2:56 pm said:

    i love the tempo of the video~

  37. kalbo. on March 20, 2018 at 8:06 am said:

    where do i find level?

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