PS Crop OUT elements on a SINGLE layer

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    patent10021

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    Goal: Keep the kitchen counter and remove the rest. Counter end to end has perspective since it's not shot straight on so I can't use a regular marquee right?

    I want to remove all except for the green counter. I am doing color adjustments to the counter and since it's a duplicate layer I will keep this counter with the good lighting on top of the original layer.

    I would prefer to use some kind of tool that would allow me to create a rotated rectangle marquee/shape/mask under the edge of the counter (for precision) so that I could click delete and everything under the counter would be deleted and deleted.
     

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    patent10021

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    Ah I figured it out. I created a layer mask then used the Polygonal Lasso Tool around the counter and deleted the selection.

    I guess that's one way.
     

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    Probably the easiest way to go, that's what I would've done as well.
     
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    Except you have a goodly bit of aliasing along the edges of your counter drawing attention to itself. I'd take a soft, nearly transparent brush and dab at the edges of the alpha to blend it in a little more.
     
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    patent10021

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    Yeah that was just to illustrate quickly. I ended up feathering it. Finished the shot though. I thought it turned out pretty good. Pretty amateur at this stuff so it takes me a long time just for one photo. I really don't like sitting in one spot and staring at a monitor for hours.

    Thanks
     

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    cutouts

    for sharp edged things, use the path tool to cutout and avoid the jagged edges.
     
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    I would suggest using a layer mask instead of deleting the content from the layer. Allows you to make changes later.
     
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    That's what I've been doing. Selecting an area then clicking the mask layer button. A new layer is created only with that new area I selected. I can then use the eraser tool or whatever non-destructively. Is that what you mean?
     

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