Creating Cutout, Dropout or COB images

There are several ways to create a cob image, this is my favorite method. The use of the brush tool creates a soft, forgiving edge. This method is ideal for beginners because there are lots of ways to correct any miss-steps you may have.

Table of Contents:

00:12 – Opening photo from InDesign into Photoshop
00:36 – Goals of a cob
00:48 – Tool Options you can use
00:52 – Tools – Quick Selection
01:15 – Tools – Magnetic Lasso
01:35 – Tools – Polygonal Lasso
01:52 – Tools – Pen Tool
02:26 – Step 1 quick Select
02:57 – Step 2 Select Inverse
03:02 – Step 3 select Quick mask
03:11 – Step 4 paint red (with black) to add to selection
03:32 – Keyboard shorts – x swaps fore and background to change what you are painting
03:51 – Keyboard short – b is brush so you can hit z to zoom and b to return to brush
04:02 – Spacebar = temporary move tool
04:08 – right and left brackets will increase/decrease brush size
04:53 – Step 5 Click Quick Mask button again to exit
05:02 – Step 6 Add a New Layer
05:06 – Step 7 Copy (CMD C) and Paste (CMD V) your selection to the new layer
05:25 – Step 8 Save Document, making sure to check transparency
05:59 – Replace image in InDesign
06:06 – Fixing poor display resolution