How to qustion from PS Elements user

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by John Smith, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. John Smith

    John Smith Guest

    Is there an online tutorial someplace that describes the best way to
    strip/delete/paint the background out of photos I'm preparing for a catalog?

    For example, is it best to erase the background or paint as much as possible
    white? What's the difference? What's the best way to deal with the edges of
    the object in the photo? Again, paint or erase?

    John Smith, Jun 18, 2006
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  2. John Smith

    tacit Guest


    If your goal is to prepare a job for printing on a professional printing
    press, to start with you should be working in Photoshop Elements, not
    Photoshop. When you are preparing a catalog or any other job for
    printing on a printing press, you need to work in CMYK, not RGB.
    Printing presses do not work in RGB, and Elements does not work in CMYK.

    The best way to remove the background depends on the kind of objects and
    the program you will use to make the catalog.

    If the objects have hard, sharp edges, and you are not using Adobe
    Indesign to make the catalog, the best way to remove the edges is to
    trace the object using the Pen tool, and then tell Photoshop to make the
    pen path into a clipping path. Save the image as an EPS file and place
    it in whatever program you are making the catalog in.

    If the images have fuzzy, indistinct edges, or things like hair, put the
    image on a layer and create a layer mask. Paint in the layer mask to
    remove the background. Then, if you are using Adobe Indesign to create
    the catalog, save the file as a layered transparent .psd file and place
    that in Indesign. If you are using some other program to make the
    catalog, save the image as a TIFF and place it in your program you're
    using to make the catalog.
    tacit, Jun 18, 2006
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