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Apr 22, 2010, 02:16 PM
See the attached jpg, it's basically paint brushes. What's the best way to cut this out in photoshop step by step. What i want basically is for all the white to be knocked out in my psd even the little faint white spots in the soft strokes. Particularly the one in the middle where the brush kind of fades at the end.

I know i can do the magic wand hit the white area and hit similar then delete. Is there a better way to do this?

I would need step by step instructions thanks!

Apr 22, 2010, 03:05 PM
You might have better luck with Select>Color Range...

Click on the white area of the image, and then use the Fuzziness slider to adjust the selection. Changing the Selection Preview at the bottom of the dialog box might help you see your selection better.

Apr 23, 2010, 11:07 AM
Try this:

1. Go to your Layer Effects > Blending Options for that layer.

2. At the bottom where it says "Blend if: Gray" for This Layer, drag the white arrow until the bg starts to fall out.

3. This will inevitably look harsh and you will think "This sucks." BUT....

4. Hold down option and the arrow splits apart. Now you can select a range and it will begin to look much much better.

Your results may vary. I've used it successfully for certain things, but it doesn't always work super great.

Apr 23, 2010, 05:37 PM
Several options: I used a combination of color range and channel operations.
Since the brushes are different colors, you need to decide if you want all the strokes pure black or shades of grey.

Apr 23, 2010, 06:36 PM
There's no "easy" way to do it. One way I guarantee to fail is the magic wand. It's a matter of building up the areas you want to keep vs. taking away the shadow dot that will persist in the yellow background. Very little of that is achieved through selecting. Almost all of it is achieved through multiplying, screening, overlaying and sharpening the image in grayscale.

Just don't fall for that Magic Wand. It'll break your heart.

Apr 23, 2010, 07:13 PM
do you want the image to have a transparent background? magic wand is only good if the edges are neat.

if you want to use it on another image ie have the image on top of another one blended in you could try to use the diffrent layer style options above the layers. it would be easier if you scanned the image in so the white background can easily be seen.