Cut-out Techniques in Photoshop: Pen Tool, Refine Edge, Quick Selection.

In this beginners tutorial I will show you the most used techniques for cutting and extracting subjects from the background using Photoshop.
For solid color backgrouds it’s best to use the smart selection tools (Magic Wand and Quick Selection) but using them will usually requite to also use the Refine Edge in order to get perfectly sharp edges.


  1. Thanks for this wonderful article. One more thing to mention is that most digital cameras come equipped with a new zoom lens that enables more or less of the scene to be included by means of ‘zooming’ in and out. Most of these changes in focus length usually are reflected inside the viewfinder and on massive display screen at the back of any camera.

  2. Ben says:

    I finally found a really good website that can actually help you improving with photoshop and for free. Thank you Andrei.

  3. powsee says:

    Hi thanks for all the tutorials its really helpful by the way can you help me how to activate my lightning effects its not working and its color grey.. any help thanks so much!!

  4. Ananya says:

    Great helped me a lot..but i am a beginner in Photoshop and i am not able to make the layer black like you did to use the refine edge did not mention how you made the background black in the video..please tell how to make the layer background black..thank you..

    • Andrei says:

      Hi Ananya. I will try to help you but could you please indicate the minute in the video where I do that black background that you cannot do?

  5. Pauline says:

    Andrei many thanks for your tutorial I’m dyslexic and have an terrible time reading instructions but thanks to you and artist like yourself and yes i do class you as an artist :O) I can sit and follow the process so much more easily, once again thankyou :O) {{{{{{{BIGHUG}}}}}}}}

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