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Cutting out with Studio Magic 1

Cutting out with Studio Magic 1

Cutting out with Studio Magic 1 enables you to cut subjects from a photograph with reasonable ease. Studio Magic 1 is a software plugin for Photoshop available from Layer Cakes Elements

Studio Magic 1 enables you to cut subjects from a photograph with reasonable ease.

Couple on a green background Cutting out with Studio Magic 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing the image to cut the subjects out.

For the purpose of this tutorial I have prepared a short video. In this case I am using a couple on a green background. In the first place the task is to remove the subjects from the green background. To begin with I am using the magic wand tool set at a tolerance of 30. In like manner, select the green background by clicking all around the green. As a matter of fact, to make this easier you may want to go to the select tab, scroll down to similar and click. On the positive side this picks up any other green that’s not highlighted.

As can be seen you may find that you have selected some of the subject as well. In that case, if you use the lasso tool to circle the stray unwanted area you can remove them.

With this in mind, go to select scroll tab and scroll down to inverse and click. As soon as you do this the subjects will have marching ants around them only.

Studio Magic 1 preparing to cut the subjects out

At this point use the studio magic 1 plug-in.  In this case select the cut-out tab and make sure the promask button is ticked.  As soon as you have done this click the detailed cut-out button.

The select and mask process is similar to this. Use the refine edge brush tool to go around the hair and any areas that the green background is showing through. When you have done this just push the OK button. As a result the subjects will now be on a grey background.

You need to ensure that all the green has been removed, zoom into the image and check.

At the same time to make life easier double click in the layers the grey thumbnail. With the colour palette displayed change the grey to white and click OK. Generally speaking the white makes the image easier to work on.

New background

In the meantime I have already selected a new background of a bar from Layer Cake Elements Virtual Studio Pak. In this case, copy, highlight the white layer in your composited image and paste. You can now see above the white layer a new layer with the bar in.

In addition change the bar layer into a smart object by right clicking on the layer. You can now see that there is a cross on the image.

As a result you can now stretch the image to fit without distorting the pixels. Once stretched you have your image.

Adding a shadow

To make it a little more realistic you may need to add a shadow. Studio Magic 1 can easily help you with that too.

Ensure you are on the top layer and click the layer mask. Open studio magic 1 plugin and click the shadow caster tab, next click the Create New Shadow tab. You can preview the shadows using the preview tab and select which one suits your need.  When you have selected the shadow you will have to adjust the settings to get the height, intensity, slant and softness to your liking.

You now have your image. That has to be easier than judging the settings in Photoshop. Don’t forget to save the image.

Couple infront of a bar with a shadow Cutting out with Studio Magic 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cutting out with Studio Magic 1 could not be more simpler.

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