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Ok, so in the picture is a cutout of the swan sculpture, laid on top of an original painting...This was a quickie tryout, you can do the edges better if you take some time...(You can also cutout the middle section where the neck meets the body, or other holes like that too...)
  Ok, here's how...
1)On your Mac (sorry everybody else), open  the picture you want to cutout in Preview...
  See the "Select" button at the top of your picture? Go in to those choices & choose "Smart Lasso"...
  Then just draw a line all the way around the shape you want to cutout...(a thick line appears immediately)...(Once the shape is closed, like you have joined your beginning line to your end line, so it is a closed shape, the lines will change from thick paint line to a shimmering dotty line)...
  Now go to "Edit"...& choose "Invert selection", then choose "Cut"...
  Now you have your cutout shape!
  2) Now say you have saved your cutout image & now want to put it over top of a different background...Open the cutout image in Preview, select the Smart Lasso tool again, & go around your shape until you are back to your first lines & the shape is closed...Now go to Edit, & click "Copy", then open your new background image picture & click "Paste"...(just a heads up, make sure to close the first image, the one you copied from before trying to save your new pasted onto picture...)
  That is neat eh? & totally free if you own a Mac...

Cool other tip: http://www.fring.com/ Fring is an App you can download for free to your Ipod...Once you get Fring, you can add FringOut as a pay as you go, the first credit is $6.99...In Canada that means you can send or receive phone calls to anyone from your Ipod for about 7 cents a minute, pay as you go, no plan...That is neat! (You use free wifi to do this...)

 


Comments

Sari Grove
10/26/2011 10:52

if you think the edges on your cutout are not neat enough, you can reopen the cutout photo in Preview & go to Select again & then choose Instant Alpha...With Instant Alpha you gently push the cursor on areas on the edge of your cutout piece by piece, it'll intuit the messy edge sections in little pieces, then go to Edit & select Cut...You have to do Instant Alpha in little pieces, so it doesn't just select the whole shape...It is fiddly so try it out to get the feel of how it chooses segments...


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