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If your a user of Irfanview to touch up and resize your digital photo’s, then you’ll love Photofiltre. It’s free to download, has a host of powerful features and easy user interface whilst at the same time is not overly complex like Photoshop or GIMP. A lot of people are really getting into this program and is claimed to be the best free photo editing software program out there.

Download Photofiltre here. (1.6mb)

Here is an example how I did some photo cut outs:

The two photos to begin with

The chocolate man and the camera man pics.

The chocolate man and cameraman

Yaagh!  Look out cameraman!

This is how I did it.

Open Picture and choose Lasso Tool.

Lasso tool

Use the Lasso Tool to draw a rough outline around the chocolate man.

Using the lasso tool

Select Edit / Optimized Clipping

Optimized clipping

Choose the following settings:

Find edges: Tolerance 16, Both

Effect: Antialiasing

Result: Open in new window

Before you click OK, use the Preview button first and check the result. Play around with the Tolerance setting till you strip away much of the background as possible..but don’t over do it.

Click OK and a new image of the cut out will be generated.

The unfinnished clipping ready to be cleaned up

Step3: Using the Paintbrush Tool.

Paintbrush Tool

Use the Paintbrush Tool on the white setting to “white out” or erase the remaining background around the edges of the chocolate man.

Using the paintbrush tool and zoom to clean up edges

Zoom in and use a finer brush size to erase any of the remaining background in any detailed places.

Finally a result like this….

Chocolate man completed

The completed image should now be free from any surrounding background.

Duplicate the image

Now duplicate using this image – Image / Duplicate This will be used to make a transparency mask.

Making the Transparency mask:

Make a transparency mask

Select: Image / Transparency mask

Transparency mask settings

Use the settings: White, Tolerance 5, Antialiasing

Play with the Tolerance setting and use Preview till you get a nice solid black mask. When your satisfied press the OK button.

Copy the photomask

Copy the photomask with Edit /Copy

Select assemble from menu

Select Edit / Paste Special / Assemble

Then … Assembly Right.

Photo with mask on the right

Copy this Image with Edit / Copy

Copy the mask and photo image

Now it’s time to place the clipped image on the final background image of the cameraman. Open up the the cameraman image.

Then use Paste Special / Image with linked mask

Pasting the clipped image onto cameraman photo

The clipped image of the chocolate man will pasted on the cameraman photo, ready to be resized and positioned.

Position and sizing the clipping on the new background

Position the chocolate man into the desired position with the pointer in the middle and resize by grabbing the top, bottom or corner of the clipped image. To keep the original proportion of the image use the SHIFT key in conjunction with the corner resizing.

In this example I simply covered over the original reporter with the clipped image.

 When satisfied with positioning and sizing select Edit / Validate paste.

All done!

32 Responses to “How to make photo cutouts and clippings using Photofiltre”

  1. Kelli says:

    Thank you so much, very helpful

  2. Amy says:

    I have been looking for days for someone to explain this! Thanks for all the great tips and tutorials. Keep it going.

  3. Sarah says:

    My photofiltre will not allow me to Paste special after i copy the transparent mask, can u help?

  4. Jeff says:

    Sarah: Make sure your still working in RGB mode. Goto Image >> Mode in the top menu and make sure there is a tick against RGB color

  5. Bronwyn says:

    Im so stupid at this, i get it all right to the end then i try and use another program for the picture, a scrapbooking one.

  6. Bronwyn says:

    I cant get it to assemble in color it still assembles it black ?

  7. Jeff says:

    Bronwyn: As quick work around it’s possible to skip the mask step entirely by using the ‘Polygon Tool'(located on right side lower, tool bar) to cut around the object, then when the the ends of the polygon tool join up to select the object, right mouse click and select ‘copy'(or cut)…then open up your second image and right mouse click again and select ‘paste’. Drag the image into position you want and then right mouse click select “Validate”.

  8. Bronwyn says:

    Jeff, thanks for the reply. How would i save the image with no background. For example im using scrapbook photo flair software, and i want to take a picture of my daughter cut her out of the background and use her in that software, when i save the image in photofiltre it goes with a white background, now i just want the image? Almost like when you use clipart or scrapbooking things?
    Oh i eventually got it right your way, with the mask.

  9. Jeff says:

    Hi Bronwyn, What you need to do is make white the transparent colour then save it as .gif file. To do this, goto Image >> Transparent Color. Click yes to 256 color mode. Then adjust the tolerance setting, so the checker pattern goes evenly around the cut out. Once thats done, goto File >> Save as , select file type as .gif and name the file. One thing to note is that using the transparent colour function puts the picture into 256 colour mode, so you lose a bit of the quality of the origin picture unfortunately.

  10. Manwathiell says:

    Hi, Jeff !
    I’ve used this method successfully several times and today I had a problem…

    I was trying to use the lasso tool to cut out a human shape (jpg file) and once I had it all cut and used optimized clipping, the shape turned purple instead of keeping the original photo!
    Why is this ? I followed the usual procedure…


  11. Manwathiell says:

    I apologize, one correction:
    Once I finished USING the lasso tool (when it connects to the starting point), THEN, the shape turns purple. And I don’t have the Optimized Clipping option available…


  12. Jeff says:

    Hmm a bit odd, I’ve never had that before on free version of Photofiltre. When the ends of the selection join up nothing changes colour….But if you’re using Photofiltre Studio things could be different.. it may be a thing with the layers…. I’ll have a look at this and see what I can find.


  13. Dalia says:

    Heya 🙂
    This is awesome, iv been looking for it for days.
    But i have a problem. >..< and it has like a transperant frame around it =/
    does this have something to do with my shaky drawing of the lasso or what?
    Please help 🙂
    And sorry for my awful english, i am egyptian so my english sucks, sorry =/

  14. Jeff says:

    Hi Dalia,

    Using the Lasso and then Optimized Clipping to remove a background does not always work that smoothly, as it depends on the original photo. A clearly defined object will work better than one that is not so clear. In these situations, your better off using the Polygon Tool to carefully “cut” around the object and then right mouse click and select copy..then paste that onto/into another photo.
    The transparent frame around your object is normal, so when you paste this object into a new one, the transparent part doesn’t show up.

  15. Dalia says:

    Thanks for your reply.
    But iv tried it a several times and that’s what i get


  16. Jeff says:

    Hi Dalia,

    It looks as if the optimized clipping setting needs adjusting. Make sure “find edges” is on the “both” setting and “effect” is antialiasing. Also try experimenting with the tolerance setting slider and then pressing preview to see the result, until you strip away most of the background.

  17. Dalia says:

    Thaaanks, that helped =D

  18. […] 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 […]

  19. amila says:


    not you helped me!,
    i use to use polygon but then it would all looked messed up!


  20. lanora says:

    Jeff, I was wondering if Photofiltre lets you do Slits and Cuts on photos….then make them transparent so that the picture looks like its been cut up into different section and/or pieces .

  21. Jeff says:

    Hi Lanora,

    I’d use the Polygon Tool to make the shape of the cuts and slits. Do each cut/slit one by one and right mouse click to select “clear” so the background shows through.

    Another way: Use the Polygon tool to copy sections of the original pic then paste them onto a new document(could be a patterned background if you like or another picture). Copy each section out leaving a slit or cut between the sections.


  22. Shainia says:

    okay i’m confused it doesn’t say open in new window it only says send to clipbored and create new image? did i do it wrong? please reply

  23. Pixelen says:

    When I click Paste Special > Assemble, the only options are to assemble the clipboard data at the top, bottom, right or left. This worked properly the first time, but now it won’t. What happened and how do I fix it?

  24. Jeff says:

    Hi Pixelen,

    Just a guess, but make sure you are working in “RGB Mode”.

    Goto the menu: Image>>Mode and make sure RGB color is ticked on.


  25. Selly says:

    hey:)) I just sign up:)) btw, I just wanna ask…how to make a notebook effect in PhotoFiltre ? give me a simple answer please..

  26. Hayley says:

    When i copy it and then paste onto my new image the background of the original image is no longer transparent. i have tried many different ways it just wont work it just pastes the full image onto my new image. so its got a big white rectangle around it! please help!!

  27. Martha says:

    Hi Jeff, thanks for the great tutorial.

    Im editing a .png using the free version and once the image has been lassoed , ‘optimised clipping’ isnt available to me.

    Should I save the image as a jpeg first? Will that make a difference?


  28. kavisha says:

    I cant get it to assemble in color it still assembles it black ?
    you explained to bronwyn but i still didn’t understood..
    can you please help me !! 🙁

  29. kavisha says:

    or else can you please make a video of this ?

  30. JHONA says:

    I was extremely PLEASED with the excellent step by step instructions you presented here for this very nice freeware program. Well done! Thanks to you I did my fancy footwork with a photo project in less than half the time it would have taken had I not read your instructions.

  31. Lee says:

    Hi, it won’t let me create the transparency mask! The option in the drop down menu under image is grey :/
    Please help!

  32. Kelly says:

    Thanks lots for this, it was really helpful and did exactly what I needed 🙂

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