Here’s a quick way of cutting out an object and pasting it onto another background using Photofiltre’s Polygon Tool. It’s a similar way to my earlier post “How to make photo cutouts and clippings using Photofiltre” but less complicated. This method is widely used by many Photofiltre users, just checkout some of the YouTube Photofiltre tutorials using this technique.
Let’s get started….
Select your picture.
This technique works best where there is no internal cut-out required and you can simply cut around the outside of the object to select and then copy it.
Photo credit: Chilli Photograph(Flickr)
Select the Polygon Tool.
If you can’t find the Polygon Tool click on the arrow pointer to reveal the selection tools.
Select the Polygon Tool…Begin at the corner.
Start with an edge carefully clicking around the outside until….
…you meet up at the beginning. The object is then selected.
Right mouse click and select COPY.
Paste onto background picture graphic. Open up your background.
Check out my Downloads Page for sources of backgrounds.
I sourced these four Sunvectors from Photobucket.com…..Click here for more.
Right mouse click and select PASTE. Then, move it into position, and finally right mouse click and select VALIDATE PASTE.
Smoothing the edges using Antialiasing or Progressive Contour when pasting.
Cutting out with the Polygon Tool is not a perfect process, you may notice a few jaggy edges and perhaps parts of the original background still present when you paste in. You can improve the final paste by selecting Antialias or Progressive Contour settings.
Find the settings on the main menu:
There are 3 options:
None – No Change.
Antialias – Smooths the edges and reduces jaggy bits.
Progressive Contour – feathers the edges of the cut out.
See the difference between Antialias and Progressive Contour.
Using the Blur Tool to fix up edges.
The Blur Tool is useful for fixing up jaggy edges or some of the remaining background . Remember to use carefully and don’t over do it as too much blurring may make it look worse.
Using the Blur Tool.
Matsu inside Sunvector.
Hope this helps!