1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Photoshop and Illustrator Support

Discussion in 'General Software' started by TheMailMan78, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. TheMailMan78

    TheMailMan78 Big Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    20,887 (8.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    7,460
    I'm sure Ill regret this but I've decided to start a thread to answer Photoshop and Illustrator questions. I see questions pop up about them both from time to time and figured we could consolidate the questions and answers in one place. I've been using them both professionally for over 15 years now and if I don't know something I can guide you in the right direction. So ask away........:laugh:
    digibucc and cadaveca say thanks.
  2. Wrigleyvillain

    Wrigleyvillain PTFO or GTFO

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2007
    Messages:
    7,644 (3.09/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,763
    Location:
    Chicago
    Fine let's start simple (at least I think it is...). How do you put an image on a transparent background?
  3. Soup

    Soup New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2011
    Messages:
    159 (0.16/day)
    Thanks Received:
    71
    Location:
    'merica
    [​IMG]
    digibucc says thanks.
  4. TheMailMan78

    TheMailMan78 Big Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    20,887 (8.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    7,460
    Well you can do it a few ways. Great thing about Photoshop is there is about 50 different ways to do a single task. If if its just for placement in Illustrator all you have to do is delete the background layer (assuming the document is in layers) and "Save As" a PNG file. This will allow you to place any item on anything and the background of the image will be transparent.

    If its for the web then doing the same steps as a .eps or .tif might be a better route.
  5. GoFigureItOut

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    187 (0.20/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9
    What's the best way to cut/delete someone out of a picture? The magical wand requires a steady hand. =(
  6. Frick

    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2006
    Messages:
    10,399 (3.39/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,093
    Waaay back when I was doing such things in Photoshop 4/5, you zoomed in and was careful.
  7. W1zzard

    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2004
    Messages:
    14,639 (3.93/day)
    Thanks Received:
    11,374
    the most flexible way i know of is to zoom in, create a path around what you want to cut out. the path is editable, so if you mess up, or after cutting, realize you want something different, just adjust the path.

    i usually just use the polygon lasso, zoom in and be careful. space+drag to scroll while zoomed in ftw
    cadaveca says thanks.
  8. TheMailMan78

    TheMailMan78 Big Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    20,887 (8.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    7,460
    Use the pen tool and turn off the mask option in the tool menu bar. Draw around the person using the pen tool. You can adjust the curves manually using the pointer.

    Once you have outlined the person/object turn the path into a selection by hitting CTRL+ENTER. Once the selection is made depending on the resolution feather it by 1 point. To do this hit SHIFT+F6, Make the number 1 and hit ENTER. This will soften the edge by one pixel for a more natural look.

    Now depending on what you want to do you can just hit delete or inverse the selection and delete. This will eliminate the person/object or if you inverse the selection (SHIFT+CTRL+I)eliminate the background.
  9. RCoon

    RCoon Forum Gypsy

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2012
    Messages:
    6,459 (7.83/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,846
    Location:
    Gypsyland, UK
    +1, i do this for a job.

    Paths are good, but for the average user i recommend polygon lasso tool and zoom in and be careful. You can remove parts of your lasso selection by holding ALT anyway. After making the selection i recommend feathering the deleted section with ALT SHIFT D(i think, something thereabouts)
  10. bencrutz

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2011
    Messages:
    171 (0.15/day)
    Thanks Received:
    34
    why not make it a mask? mask is editable (whether it be a vector or pixel mask)

    if you delete it, you can not edit later on, if you need to restore something that already deleted, youd have to start from scratch...

    non-destructive editing ftw :toast:
  11. Aleksander

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2009
    Messages:
    3,254 (1.92/day)
    Thanks Received:
    304
    Do you know a way to select 10 photos and resize them all simultaneously from 100% to 40%?
    in Photoshop CS6
  12. bencrutz

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2011
    Messages:
    171 (0.15/day)
    Thanks Received:
    34
    i would record a new actions start it with ctrl+alt+i fill in the resize size ending it with ctrl+w.
    and then open up all the photos, then call the recorded actions ;)

    edit: i havent use cs6, only cs5 so far, but it should be pretty much the same
  13. RCoon

    RCoon Forum Gypsy

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2012
    Messages:
    6,459 (7.83/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,846
    Location:
    Gypsyland, UK
    irfanview will do this for you
  14. TheMailMan78

    TheMailMan78 Big Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    20,887 (8.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    7,460
    Make a duplicate layer instead of a mask if you want to edit it later. 1. It will make the file smaller. 2. Uses less RAM when working with large files. Masks tend to create a few issues when keeping them long term. A big one is cross compatible. Someone who uses an older version of Photoshop will not be able to use a CS5/6 mask the same way. However paths are cross compatible. I tend to stay away from masks as a long term solution if I can.
  15. bencrutz

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2011
    Messages:
    171 (0.15/day)
    Thanks Received:
    34
    agreed. free, lightweight, and less headache :laugh:

    not sure about the smaller size, maybe i'll try to compare it later, but it indeed uses less RAM (and processing power too)

    but i think mask is the way to go, unless backward compatibility is a must.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  16. TheMailMan78

    TheMailMan78 Big Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    20,887 (8.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    7,460
    PC or Mac?
  17. RCoon

    RCoon Forum Gypsy

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2012
    Messages:
    6,459 (7.83/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,846
    Location:
    Gypsyland, UK
    I recommend You Suck At Photoshop. Awesome storyline... oh and the tutorials are good to xD
    you can find it on youtube, it was pretty successful.
  18. TheMailMan78

    TheMailMan78 Big Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    20,887 (8.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    7,460
    Hes funny but he half asses a lot of the projects.
  19. RCoon

    RCoon Forum Gypsy

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2012
    Messages:
    6,459 (7.83/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,846
    Location:
    Gypsyland, UK
    I always thought that was the idea xD get whatever you need done quick and easy!
  20. TheMailMan78

    TheMailMan78 Big Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    20,887 (8.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    7,460
    And have it look like shit.
  21. RCoon

    RCoon Forum Gypsy

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2012
    Messages:
    6,459 (7.83/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,846
    Location:
    Gypsyland, UK
    Where i work they dont seem to think so :D It's all well and good when you have time on your hands to make a graphic project look good, but sometimes speed is the essence when organisations are as disorganised as they are ;)
  22. digibucc

    digibucc

    Joined:
    May 21, 2009
    Messages:
    4,871 (2.58/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,468
    that's the compromise of working for someone else. you are bound to their level of satisfaction and not your own.

    I own my own business and do work privately, but then I also contract on with a few companies. The hardest thing is reconciling your work quality with time constraints and employer expectations.

    really the best thing to do is get good enough that you can do quality work with speed. until you can do that you either overwork, underbill - or put out sub-par work. if you're going to opt for sub-par work just remember your name is always attached to it. it's sounds like rcoon is less concerned because his company makes the decision and will take the hit - and that's fine - but for me I also happen to own the company so i don't want either to take a hit.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  23. W1zzard

    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2004
    Messages:
    14,639 (3.93/day)
    Thanks Received:
    11,374
    record an action to resize one image, save it to a folder and close the open file
    then file -> automate -> batch
    then open adobe bridge on that folder and use the batch rename feature to add _small or change them in some other way
  24. digibucc

    digibucc

    Joined:
    May 21, 2009
    Messages:
    4,871 (2.58/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,468
  25. Aleksander

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2009
    Messages:
    3,254 (1.92/day)
    Thanks Received:
    304
    Looks like Photoshop did the job, but there was a trick on CS6
    Thanks for the help!

    @mail PC
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page