Cropping irregular shapes - Photoshop Elements 6.0

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  1. Duane Lee

    Duane Lee Guest

    Cropping irregular shapes
    Can someone out there help with what I'm sure is a simple task for
    those who know Photo Shop -obviously, by my asking the question, I do
    not.
    I have a newspaper article that was scanned and then given to me. I want
    to manipulate in Photo Shop prior to including it in a slide show.
    The article headline is 5 columns wide. The desired article beneath
    is 3 columns wide with the other two columns filed with advertisements
    and other undesirable material. I am wanting to "crop out" or
    eliminate those adjoining "undesirable" columns. I cannot do it by
    using the standard cropping tool - at least with my knowledge.

    Help, please, I know this should be an easy task for those in the know
    - unfortunately I am not such a person.
     
    Duane Lee, Jun 14, 2008
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  2. Duane Lee

    RobertJM Guest

    "Duane Lee" <> wrote in message
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    > Cropping irregular shapes
    > Can someone out there help with what I'm sure is a simple task for
    > those who know Photo Shop -obviously, by my asking the question, I do
    > not.
    > I have a newspaper article that was scanned and then given to me. I want
    > to manipulate in Photo Shop prior to including it in a slide show.
    > The article headline is 5 columns wide. The desired article beneath
    > is 3 columns wide with the other two columns filed with advertisements
    > and other undesirable material. I am wanting to "crop out" or
    > eliminate those adjoining "undesirable" columns. I cannot do it by
    > using the standard cropping tool - at least with my knowledge.
    >
    > Help, please, I know this should be an easy task for those in the know
    > - unfortunately I am not such a person.
    >
    >

    I haven't got Elements but I presume it has the retangle marque tool ,
    select the area you want to remove then press delete(or backspace).


    --
    Rob
     
    RobertJM, Jun 14, 2008
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  3. Duane Lee

    Duane Lee Guest

    Rob thanks for your help - I'm half way there.
    I have followed your instructions and yes have eliminated the unwanted
    material. I have saved the file and when I view it I now have a "white"
    space in the area that had the unwanted material. Can you help me remove
    that white area so that I looks like I took a pair of scissors and cut out
    the article prior to scanning it?
    Thanks,
    Duane

    "RobertJM" <> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Duane Lee" <> wrote in message
    > news:LPH4k.43351$...
    >> Cropping irregular shapes
    >> Can someone out there help with what I'm sure is a simple task for
    >> those who know Photo Shop -obviously, by my asking the question, I do
    >> not.
    >> I have a newspaper article that was scanned and then given to me. I want
    >> to manipulate in Photo Shop prior to including it in a slide show.
    >> The article headline is 5 columns wide. The desired article beneath
    >> is 3 columns wide with the other two columns filed with advertisements
    >> and other undesirable material. I am wanting to "crop out" or
    >> eliminate those adjoining "undesirable" columns. I cannot do it by
    >> using the standard cropping tool - at least with my knowledge.
    >>
    >> Help, please, I know this should be an easy task for those in the know
    >> - unfortunately I am not such a person.
    >>
    >>

    > I haven't got Elements but I presume it has the retangle marque tool ,
    > select the area you want to remove then press delete(or backspace).
    >
    >
    > --
    > Rob
    >
     
    Duane Lee, Jun 14, 2008
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  4. Imagery is a rectangle only. Thus you have to have -=something=- to fill in
    the deleted areas.

    You can use the colour picker and select the areas and fill with some colour
    or pattern that will suit.

    You could, for example, select a section of the newspaper without printing
    and then capture that as a pattern and fill the 'white' areas.


    "Duane Lee" <> found these unused words:

    >Rob thanks for your help - I'm half way there.
    >I have followed your instructions and yes have eliminated the unwanted
    >material. I have saved the file and when I view it I now have a "white"
    >space in the area that had the unwanted material. Can you help me remove
    >that white area so that I looks like I took a pair of scissors and cut out
    >the article prior to scanning it?
    >Thanks,
    >Duane
    >
    >"RobertJM" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >>
    >> "Duane Lee" <> wrote in message
    >> news:LPH4k.43351$...
    >>> Cropping irregular shapes
    >>> Can someone out there help with what I'm sure is a simple task for
    >>> those who know Photo Shop -obviously, by my asking the question, I do
    >>> not.
    >>> I have a newspaper article that was scanned and then given to me. I want
    >>> to manipulate in Photo Shop prior to including it in a slide show.
    >>> The article headline is 5 columns wide. The desired article beneath
    >>> is 3 columns wide with the other two columns filed with advertisements
    >>> and other undesirable material. I am wanting to "crop out" or
    >>> eliminate those adjoining "undesirable" columns. I cannot do it by
    >>> using the standard cropping tool - at least with my knowledge.
    >>>
    >>> Help, please, I know this should be an easy task for those in the know
    >>> - unfortunately I am not such a person.
    >>>
    >>>

    >> I haven't got Elements but I presume it has the retangle marque tool ,
    >> select the area you want to remove then press delete(or backspace).
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Rob
    >>
     
    Sir F. A. Rien, Jun 14, 2008
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  5. Duane Lee <> wrote:

    > Rob thanks for your help - I'm half way there.
    > I have followed your instructions and yes have eliminated the unwanted
    > material. I have saved the file and when I view it I now have a "white"
    > space in the area that had the unwanted material. Can you help me remove
    > that white area so that I looks like I took a pair of scissors and cut out
    > the article prior to scanning it?


    You cannot save an irregularly shaped image. By definition, every image
    is a rectangle or a square. The only way you can make it appear as if
    the image is irregularly shaped, is by having your object in a layer and
    not having a background, so that anything surrounding the object is
    transparent. So before you remove the area arounfd the object, change
    the background layer into a normal layer first. You can do that by
    double clicking on its icon in the layers palette. You do have to
    realize that not every file format supports layers and transparency,
    though. TIFF does support it, JPEG does not, for example.


    --
    Johan W. Elzenga johan<<at>>johanfoto.nl
    Editor / Photographer http://www.johanfoto.com
     
    Johan W. Elzenga, Jun 14, 2008
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  6. Duane Lee

    RobertJM Guest

    "Johan W. Elzenga" <> wrote in message
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    > Duane Lee <> wrote:
    >
    >> Rob thanks for your help - I'm half way there.
    >> I have followed your instructions and yes have eliminated the unwanted
    >> material. I have saved the file and when I view it I now have a "white"
    >> space in the area that had the unwanted material. Can you help me remove
    >> that white area so that I looks like I took a pair of scissors and cut
    >> out
    >> the article prior to scanning it?

    >
    > You cannot save an irregularly shaped image. By definition, every image
    > is a rectangle or a square. The only way you can make it appear as if
    > the image is irregularly shaped, is by having your object in a layer and
    > not having a background, so that anything surrounding the object is
    > transparent. So before you remove the area arounfd the object, change
    > the background layer into a normal layer first. You can do that by
    > double clicking on its icon in the layers palette. You do have to
    > realize that not every file format supports layers and transparency,
    > though. TIFF does support it, JPEG does not, for example.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Johan W. Elzenga johan<<at>>johanfoto.nl
    > Editor / Photographer http://www.johanfoto.com


    When you say you want to use it in a slideshow, is that the old fashioned
    style or
    as on your PC? Don't know how/if transparent background would work on the
    old style.

    You could make a slightly bigger all , say black , image, paste your scan on
    to it as another
    layer then, with your scan layer selected, delete the white bits again, or
    erase the edges roughly
    for a cut out look.


    PS If this all sounds amateurish , it's because I am ;)


    --
    Rob
     
    RobertJM, Jun 14, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    Dave, Jun 14, 2008
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  8. Duane Lee

    OM Guest

    On Sat, 14 Jun 2008 17:11:12 +0200, lid (Johan W.
    Elzenga) wrote:

    >You do have to
    >realize that not every file format supports layers and transparency,
    >though. TIFF does support it, JPEG does not, for example.


    ....Had the Joint Photographic Experts Group approved ISO 10918-1's
    original plan to include a "transparency bit" to give their images a
    "non-color" to use for transparencies, this wouldn't be a problem and
    GIF would possibly be about as extinct as original ZIP is today. The
    problem is that nobody at the JPEG group envisioned the usefulness of
    having a high-resolution image that could "float" on any background,
    such as the ones that would be needed for the
    then-still-in-the-distance World Wide Web. Granted, PNGs allow for
    transparency, but you can't get anywhere near the compression *and*
    quality you'd expect from a JPEG when trying to get the PNG down to a
    more bandwidth-friendly size.

    OM
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    OM, Jun 14, 2008
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  9. Duane Lee

    Duane Lee Guest

    Johan
    I certainly appreciate yours and everyone's help in trying to solve my
    problem - it is obviously much more difficult than what I had first
    anticipated (why is it that ALL my problems seem to be that way???). I have
    now spent hours upon hours and have been unsuccessful. I have gone through
    your steps many many times and I must be missing something for I still get a
    "white box" in the deleted area when I have saved the file. Unless you have
    any other ideas - I guess I will "throw up my hands" and say that "PS
    Elements beat me on this one".
    "Johan W. Elzenga" <> wrote in message
    news:1iijbes.bjsls8e019eeN%...
    > Duane Lee <> wrote:
    >
    >> Rob thanks for your help - I'm half way there.
    >> I have followed your instructions and yes have eliminated the unwanted
    >> material. I have saved the file and when I view it I now have a "white"
    >> space in the area that had the unwanted material. Can you help me remove
    >> that white area so that I looks like I took a pair of scissors and cut
    >> out
    >> the article prior to scanning it?

    >
    > You cannot save an irregularly shaped image. By definition, every image
    > is a rectangle or a square. The only way you can make it appear as if
    > the image is irregularly shaped, is by having your object in a layer and
    > not having a background, so that anything surrounding the object is
    > transparent. So before you remove the area arounfd the object, change
    > the background layer into a normal layer first. You can do that by
    > double clicking on its icon in the layers palette. You do have to
    > realize that not every file format supports layers and transparency,
    > though. TIFF does support it, JPEG does not, for example.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Johan W. Elzenga johan<<at>>johanfoto.nl
    > Editor / Photographer http://www.johanfoto.com
     
    Duane Lee, Jun 14, 2008
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  10. Duane Lee

    John Guest

    Duane Lee wrote:
    > Johan
    > I certainly appreciate yours and everyone's help in trying to solve my
    > problem - it is obviously much more difficult than what I had first
    > anticipated (why is it that ALL my problems seem to be that way???). I
    > have now spent hours upon hours and have been unsuccessful. I have gone
    > through your steps many many times and I must be missing something for I
    > still get a "white box" in the deleted area when I have saved the file.
    > Unless you have any other ideas - I guess I will "throw up my hands" and
    > say that "PS Elements beat me on this one".


    I do not know Elements, but it supposedly strives to be helpful and
    simple, so look under the Help menu and see if it has what Photoshop
    used to have - "Save with transparency". It will guide you through the
    steps.
     
    John, Jun 14, 2008
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  11. Duane Lee

    RobertJM Guest

    "Duane Lee" <> wrote in message
    news:pnX4k.45281$...
    > Johan
    > I certainly appreciate yours and everyone's help in trying to solve my
    > problem - it is obviously much more difficult than what I had first
    > anticipated (why is it that ALL my problems seem to be that way???). I
    > have now spent hours upon hours and have been unsuccessful. I have gone
    > through your steps many many times and I must be missing something for I
    > still get a "white box" in the deleted area when I have saved the file.
    > Unless you have any other ideas - I guess I will "throw up my hands" and
    > say that "PS Elements beat me on this one".
    > "Johan W. Elzenga" <> wrote in message
    > news:1iijbes.bjsls8e019eeN%...
    >> Duane Lee <> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Rob thanks for your help - I'm half way there.
    >>> I have followed your instructions and yes have eliminated the unwanted
    >>> material. I have saved the file and when I view it I now have a "white"
    >>> space in the area that had the unwanted material. Can you help me
    >>> remove
    >>> that white area so that I looks like I took a pair of scissors and cut
    >>> out
    >>> the article prior to scanning it?

    >>
    >> You cannot save an irregularly shaped image. By definition, every image
    >> is a rectangle or a square. The only way you can make it appear as if
    >> the image is irregularly shaped, is by having your object in a layer and
    >> not having a background, so that anything surrounding the object is
    >> transparent. So before you remove the area arounfd the object, change
    >> the background layer into a normal layer first. You can do that by
    >> double clicking on its icon in the layers palette. You do have to
    >> realize that not every file format supports layers and transparency,
    >> though. TIFF does support it, JPEG does not, for example.
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Johan W. Elzenga johan<<at>>johanfoto.nl
    >> Editor / Photographer http://www.johanfoto.com

    >


    You could always upload & post a link to the image , some kind sole may help
    you out :)


    --
    Rob
     
    RobertJM, Jun 14, 2008
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  12. Duane Lee <> wrote:

    > I certainly appreciate yours and everyone's help in trying to solve my
    > problem - it is obviously much more difficult than what I had first
    > anticipated (why is it that ALL my problems seem to be that way???). I have
    > now spent hours upon hours and have been unsuccessful. I have gone through
    > your steps many many times and I must be missing something for I still get a
    > "white box" in the deleted area when I have saved the file. Unless you have
    > any other ideas - I guess I will "throw up my hands" and say that "PS
    > Elements beat me on this one".


    You have to tackle this step by step.
    1. Did you change the background layer into a normal layer before
    removing the area around the object?
    2. If so, do you see transparency (shown as a checkerboard pattern)
    after you've deleted the area?
    3. If so, what file format did you use to save the image?


    --
    Johan W. Elzenga johan<<at>>johanfoto.nl
    Editor / Photographer http://www.johanfoto.com
     
    Johan W. Elzenga, Jun 14, 2008
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  13. Duane Lee

    Duane Lee Guest

    Johan,
    Answer to question #1 is "yes", question #2 "yes", question #3 TIFF
    Thanks for your continued support,
    Duane


    "Johan W. Elzenga" <> wrote in message
    news:1iijwz1.mtv6aeibycybN%...
    > Duane Lee <> wrote:
    >
    >> I certainly appreciate yours and everyone's help in trying to solve my
    >> problem - it is obviously much more difficult than what I had first
    >> anticipated (why is it that ALL my problems seem to be that way???). I
    >> have
    >> now spent hours upon hours and have been unsuccessful. I have gone
    >> through
    >> your steps many many times and I must be missing something for I still
    >> get a
    >> "white box" in the deleted area when I have saved the file. Unless you
    >> have
    >> any other ideas - I guess I will "throw up my hands" and say that "PS
    >> Elements beat me on this one".

    >
    > You have to tackle this step by step.
    > 1. Did you change the background layer into a normal layer before
    > removing the area around the object?
    > 2. If so, do you see transparency (shown as a checkerboard pattern)
    > after you've deleted the area?
    > 3. If so, what file format did you use to save the image?
    >
    >
    > --
    > Johan W. Elzenga johan<<at>>johanfoto.nl
    > Editor / Photographer http://www.johanfoto.com
     
    Duane Lee, Jun 15, 2008
    #13
  14. Duane Lee <> wrote:

    > "Johan W. Elzenga" <> wrote in message
    > news:1iijwz1.mtv6aeibycybN%...
    > > Duane Lee <> wrote:
    > >
    > >> I certainly appreciate yours and everyone's help in trying to solve my
    > >> problem - it is obviously much more difficult than what I had first
    > >> anticipated (why is it that ALL my problems seem to be that way???). I
    > >> have
    > >> now spent hours upon hours and have been unsuccessful. I have gone
    > >> through
    > >> your steps many many times and I must be missing something for I still
    > >> get a
    > >> "white box" in the deleted area when I have saved the file. Unless you
    > >> have
    > >> any other ideas - I guess I will "throw up my hands" and say that "PS
    > >> Elements beat me on this one".

    > >
    > > You have to tackle this step by step.
    > > 1. Did you change the background layer into a normal layer before
    > > removing the area around the object?
    > > 2. If so, do you see transparency (shown as a checkerboard pattern)
    > > after you've deleted the area?
    > > 3. If so, what file format did you use to save the image?

    >
    > Johan,
    > Answer to question #1 is "yes", question #2 "yes", question #3 TIFF
    > Thanks for your continued support,
    > Duane


    Please do not top post. People like to read a question before the
    answer, not vice versa.

    So are you saying that you open that TIFF again and now suddenly the
    checkerboard pattern has turned to white?

    --
    Johan W. Elzenga johan<<at>>johanfoto.nl
    Editor / Photographer http://www.johanfoto.com
     
    Johan W. Elzenga, Jun 15, 2008
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  15. Duane Lee

    Roy G Guest

    "Duane Lee" <> wrote in message
    news:LPH4k.43351$...
    > Cropping irregular shapes
    > Can someone out there help with what I'm sure is a simple task for
    > those who know Photo Shop -obviously, by my asking the question, I do
    > not.
    > I have a newspaper article that was scanned and then given to me. I want
    > to manipulate in Photo Shop prior to including it in a slide show.
    > The article headline is 5 columns wide. The desired article beneath
    > is 3 columns wide with the other two columns filed with advertisements
    > and other undesirable material. I am wanting to "crop out" or
    > eliminate those adjoining "undesirable" columns. I cannot do it by
    > using the standard cropping tool - at least with my knowledge.
    >
    > Help, please, I know this should be an easy task for those in the know
    > - unfortunately I am not such a person.
    >


    Hi.

    The easy way is to use the polygon lasso to select the area you want to
    keep. Then invert the selection so that everything you want to lose
    becomes selected, and fill that area with a mid grey colour.

    Roy G
     
    Roy G, Jun 15, 2008
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  16. Duane Lee

    Duane Lee Guest

    Johan,
    Yes, that is correct - it is white.
    Duane

    "Johan W. Elzenga" <> wrote in message
    news:1iijzbr.1g1ilsqgij2ztN%...
    > Duane Lee <> wrote:
    >
    >> "Johan W. Elzenga" <> wrote in message
    >> news:1iijwz1.mtv6aeibycybN%...
    >> > Duane Lee <> wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> I certainly appreciate yours and everyone's help in trying to solve my
    >> >> problem - it is obviously much more difficult than what I had first
    >> >> anticipated (why is it that ALL my problems seem to be that way???).
    >> >> I
    >> >> have
    >> >> now spent hours upon hours and have been unsuccessful. I have gone
    >> >> through
    >> >> your steps many many times and I must be missing something for I still
    >> >> get a
    >> >> "white box" in the deleted area when I have saved the file. Unless
    >> >> you
    >> >> have
    >> >> any other ideas - I guess I will "throw up my hands" and say that "PS
    >> >> Elements beat me on this one".
    >> >
    >> > You have to tackle this step by step.
    >> > 1. Did you change the background layer into a normal layer before
    >> > removing the area around the object?
    >> > 2. If so, do you see transparency (shown as a checkerboard pattern)
    >> > after you've deleted the area?
    >> > 3. If so, what file format did you use to save the image?

    >>
    >> Johan,
    >> Answer to question #1 is "yes", question #2 "yes", question #3 TIFF
    >> Thanks for your continued support,
    >> Duane

    >
    > Please do not top post. People like to read a question before the
    > answer, not vice versa.
    >
    > So are you saying that you open that TIFF again and now suddenly the
    > checkerboard pattern has turned to white?
    >
    > --
    > Johan W. Elzenga johan<<at>>johanfoto.nl
    > Editor / Photographer http://www.johanfoto.com
     
    Duane Lee, Jun 15, 2008
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  17. Duane Lee

    Duane Lee Guest

    Roy,
    Thanks for your suggestion, however I am aware of that method (of using a
    fill color) but I want NO color what so ever - just like you had cut the
    article out of the newspaper (not a rectangle or square) and then scanned
    the image.

    Duane

    "Roy G" <> wrote in message
    news:XLZ4k.92868$2...
    >
    > "Duane Lee" <> wrote in message
    > news:LPH4k.43351$...
    >> Cropping irregular shapes
    >> Can someone out there help with what I'm sure is a simple task for
    >> those who know Photo Shop -obviously, by my asking the question, I do
    >> not.
    >> I have a newspaper article that was scanned and then given to me. I want
    >> to manipulate in Photo Shop prior to including it in a slide show.
    >> The article headline is 5 columns wide. The desired article beneath
    >> is 3 columns wide with the other two columns filed with advertisements
    >> and other undesirable material. I am wanting to "crop out" or
    >> eliminate those adjoining "undesirable" columns. I cannot do it by
    >> using the standard cropping tool - at least with my knowledge.
    >>
    >> Help, please, I know this should be an easy task for those in the know
    >> - unfortunately I am not such a person.
    >>

    >
    > Hi.
    >
    > The easy way is to use the polygon lasso to select the area you want to
    > keep. Then invert the selection so that everything you want to lose
    > becomes selected, and fill that area with a mid grey colour.
    >
    > Roy G
    >
    >
    >
     
    Duane Lee, Jun 15, 2008
    #17
  18. On Sat, 14 Jun 2008 04:30:35 GMT, "Duane Lee" <> wrote:

    >Cropping irregular shapes
    >Can someone out there help with what I'm sure is a simple task for
    >those who know Photo Shop -obviously, by my asking the question, I do
    >not.
    >I have a newspaper article that was scanned and then given to me. I want
    >to manipulate in Photo Shop prior to including it in a slide show.
    >The article headline is 5 columns wide. The desired article beneath
    >is 3 columns wide with the other two columns filed with advertisements
    >and other undesirable material. I am wanting to "crop out" or
    >eliminate those adjoining "undesirable" columns. I cannot do it by
    >using the standard cropping tool - at least with my knowledge.
    >
    >Help, please, I know this should be an easy task for those in the know
    >- unfortunately I am not such a person.
    >

    I do not have elements but I have experimented with your prob.

    Made a new background. In that I have placed a rectangular shape. Using ALT key
    I have cut various rectangles from that first rect (Alt key give a subtract).
    They of course all have selections around them. Then select/inverse.
    Using background selector with about 100 pix size you wip around the whole
    canvas as the selection make sure that you do not cut into your rectangles
    Deselect and you will have the desired result.
    Now apply the same technique with you selections using whatever shape. Use the
    tool that serves you best for cutting away.
    If you find that you do not have a proper result, reselect and go over the area
    which is not yet transparent.

    B|rge in sunny Perth, Australia
     
    nesredep egrob, Jun 15, 2008
    #18
  19. Duane Lee

    tacit Guest

    In article <GWZ4k.89175$>,
    "Duane Lee" <> wrote:

    > Thanks for your suggestion, however I am aware of that method (of using a
    > fill color) but I want NO color what so ever - just like you had cut the
    > article out of the newspaper (not a rectangle or square) and then scanned
    > the image.


    What does "no color" look like on your screen? If you cut out the
    article with scissors and scan it, the background will be the same color
    as the lid of your scanner--usually white.

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    http://www.xeromag.com/franklin.html
     
    tacit, Jun 15, 2008
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  20. Duane Lee

    Duane Lee Guest

    Tacit,
    My project is what I will call a "video scrape book" for which I have chosen
    a "linen" background. My scanner will scan just the image in a JPEG format.
    I will then place that image in the project scrap book and it will look as
    if I have pasted it in a traditional scrap book (with the linen background
    showing all around". That is my goal - - - it is NOT to have a look of a
    "white piece of paper stuck to the article"

    Thanks,
    Duane


    "Duane Lee" <> wrote in message
    news:GWZ4k.89175$...
    > Roy,
    > Thanks for your suggestion, however I am aware of that method (of using a
    > fill color) but I want NO color what so ever - just like you had cut the
    > article out of the newspaper (not a rectangle or square) and then scanned
    > the image.
    >
    > Duane
    >
    > "Roy G" <> wrote in message
    > news:XLZ4k.92868$2...
    >>
    >> "Duane Lee" <> wrote in message
    >> news:LPH4k.43351$...
    >>> Cropping irregular shapes
    >>> Can someone out there help with what I'm sure is a simple task for
    >>> those who know Photo Shop -obviously, by my asking the question, I do
    >>> not.
    >>> I have a newspaper article that was scanned and then given to me. I
    >>> want
    >>> to manipulate in Photo Shop prior to including it in a slide show.
    >>> The article headline is 5 columns wide. The desired article beneath
    >>> is 3 columns wide with the other two columns filed with advertisements
    >>> and other undesirable material. I am wanting to "crop out" or
    >>> eliminate those adjoining "undesirable" columns. I cannot do it by
    >>> using the standard cropping tool - at least with my knowledge.
    >>>
    >>> Help, please, I know this should be an easy task for those in the know
    >>> - unfortunately I am not such a person.
    >>>

    >>
    >> Hi.
    >>
    >> The easy way is to use the polygon lasso to select the area you want to
    >> keep. Then invert the selection so that everything you want to lose
    >> becomes selected, and fill that area with a mid grey colour.
    >>
    >> Roy G
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
     
    Duane Lee, Jun 15, 2008
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