Making Separations in Photoshop

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Making separations in Photoshop is something that you can do in a few different ways depending on your preferences. Learn about making separations in Photoshop with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist and I'm going to show you how to make separations in Photoshop. So there's a couple of different ways you can separate an image in Photoshop. When you've made an image, I've made these like three different shapes, and there's several things you can do to, you can simply move your shapes or if you're looking to cut them up, that's a whole different thing. So, what I've done is I've rasterized all my layers and the way that I've done that is when I've made a shape, for example, this spade, this little window will pop up right here and it means that I cannot edit this shape anymore. Except the only thing I can do is free transform it. So, what I want to do is right click it and rasterize it, so it's a rasterized layer. And this will make it so I can do anything I want to this layer. So, what I'm going to do is, I've done that now for all my shapes. So now I have the option to cut it up if I want to. Suppose you want to just select like a rectangle outside of the shape. So all you do is you can use your marquee tool and you can drag however big the selection is and then you can just click delete, it'll get rid of it pretty much. So, you've got your marquee tool. You've also got your elliptical marquee tool which will get rid of circles. So suppose maybe we wanted a circle around that, just go like that. But then there's also, so you've got your marquee tools, but you've also got your lasso tools. And these are actually really really useful. The lasso tool is, if you have a pen or a Tablet Pen, it's a great tool to have because you can, it's a lot like using the free form pen tool. You can make any kind of selection you want. It's really open. And then when you hold down the lasso tool, there's something called the polygonal lasso tool, which allows, that's like the pen tool as well. You can make selections by clicking things, by making invisible anchor points essentially and then deleting it. So the key to doing this at all is to make sure that you've got all your layers rasterized. That's like the most important part. My name is Alex. This is how you make separations in Photoshop. Thank you.

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