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May 13, 2010

Cutting Images with The Pen Tool in Photoshop




1. First, choose an image. I'm using an image from Neopets backgrounds.
2. Somehow get it in Photoshop.
**For my image, I hit "save file", then, on the download screen that firefox gives you, double click the image and it opens up in my Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, right-click, and select Adobe Photoshop (in my computer, Photoshop must be open for it to show up in the dropdown list)**
**Again, that's how I get it on to Photoshop, you might use a different browser than Firefox and/or a different OS
3. Hit Ctrl+A, then Ctrl+C, then Ctrl+V (alternate: Go to Select at the top, hit All, then go to Edit and hit Copy, then Edit again and choose Paste) and give it a name (like cutout). This leaves you with two of your images, it's a failsafe that I use in case I mess up while cutting and can't fix it by hitting Ctrl+Z.
4. Make a new layer UNDER the layer that was pasted, fill this layer with a color that is not in the image and does NOT blend with the image. This is so you can see any mistakes after cutting the image.

5. Now for the fun part! Select the pen tool and give it these settings.

6. Zoom in as much as you need to, you can always change the zoom level later.
7. Click on the image where the points are or every now and then (like the beginning of a limb).

8. After you are done with the whole image, click the point you started on to close the path.
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special point! In an image like mine with two characters, you can finish one path and start another without making one disappear!

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9. Now change the pen tool to the pen tool that says "add anchor points".

10. Click in the middle of a segment, where you want to move the line.

You have to click and drag that point where you want it, mine should be on the outlines.

11. From here, click on one of the little things that come off it (highlighted in RED), drag this up/down/left/right until your line matches that of the outline. Then repeat it for other lines. You can add more than one point per line (see picture two).

12. Continue this for the rest of the image (or images if you have multiple characters to cut). Don't be discouraged if it takes a while to get it right, it's a hard concept to learn, but it gets easier with practice! Oh, and a note, if you have two characters with seperate lines, click outside the lines (e.g. the background) before starting the new character. If you don't, the last point you clicked on the old character will be pulled towards your arrow.
Finished Line curves

13.Now the easy part! First, click off to the background somewhere, the clear points should disappear. Then go to the tab tat says "Paths" (alternate: Windows on the top and then select Paths fourth section from the bottom.) If you don't see any lines at all (after you clicked the background), select "Work Path". Then click on the "Load path as selection" button (see image below) and your image should be selected!

14. From here, hit Ctrl+Shift+I (alternate: Go to Select at the top and hit Inverse).

15a. Depending on your image, do this step or 15b. This one is for images with outlines. Hit Ctrl+X (alternate: Go to Edit and hit Delete) to delete the background, then choose click the "add layer style button" and select stroke. Make your stroke look like mine. (The black can be a different color, just make sure it's the same color as your outline.)


15b. Sorry I don't have an example of this one; this is for images like people cutouts. Go to the top and go to the one labled Select, then go to modify, then contract. In the box that comes up, type in "1". Then hit Ctrl+X.
16. Time to micromanage! On the one with the solid color, change the color to severe colors, for example, mine is blue so I choose to do dark yellow and green, to check for any mistakes.
17. For those small spots, you can use the polygon tool or the pen tool, I use the polygon tool sometimes and the pen tool other times, depends on how big the spot is. (If the spot is small and you use the pen tool, you have to zoom in a bunch!)
18. Now delete the checking color and the background, save it as a transparent GIF, PNG, or as a PSD file.
19. You can download the finished product HERE.
And a disclaimer: NEOPETS, characters, logos, names and all related indicia are trademarks of Neopets, Inc., © 1999-2009. And this tutorial reflects MY way of cutting images, which may differ from person to person and may not be the best way to do it.

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