Turning a Cutout to Silhouette in Photoshop

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Turning a cut out into a silhouette is actually one of the easier things you can accomplish in Adobe Photoshop. Learn about turning a cut out into a silhouette in Photoshop with help from a computer professional in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hey, what's up? My name is Chase, and today I'm going to show you how to create a silhouette in Photoshop. I already have a picture of my friend open here. I'm going to use the wand tool to select the background. I'm going to hold the Shift button and click on all of the extra areas that weren't selected. Now, I'm going to inverse the selection by going to "select, inverse." Clicking on the Path menu next to the Layer menu, I'm going to open the menu, hit "make work path," click "okay." We're going to double-click on the Work path to save it. I'm going to call it path 1, click "okay" and then down here at the very bottom there's a button that we're going to press called "add path as a selection". We're going to click that, and it's going to select the area that we had made a path from, which is my friend. We're going to hit the "layer menu," double-click on the "background," save it as whatever name you'd like. I'm going to save it as, "layer 1." Click "okay," and then we're going to add a layer mask to that one layer by clicking "add layer mask," and it's going to delete everything that was in the background that we had previously selected and inversed. So you can see all of this dead space behind my friend here. To get it back to a white background, we're going to go, "layer" and "flatten image." You can also take that path that we had created in Lothar Indesign, or Illustrator, as well. My name is Chase, and I showed you how to make a silho in Photoshop. Thanks for watching.


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