An Overview of Corel KnockOut
Formerly known as Ultimatte KnockOut, this product was once only available for the Macintosh platform. It was recently purchased by Corel and ported to the Windows platform. It's a standalone product that offers superior masking capabilities in a surprisingly simple interface. Click the link to check out my overview and examples.
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Removing Backgrounds with Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop offers a wide variety of tools for removing backgrounds. I'll walk you through a few of my favorite methods for pulling objects out of their backgrounds with Photoshop. Includes step-by-step tutorials for using the background eraser tool, channel masks, the magnetic lasso tool, the pen tool, and combining several techniques for making more complex selections.
Removing Backgrounds with Corel Photo-Paint
Photo-Paint includes a couple of unique tools for removing backgrounds. I'll walk you through step-by-step tutorials using the transparent color selection tool, channels, and clip masks. Also includes an overview of the scissor tool and the path tool.
Removing Backgrounds with Paint Shop Pro
Paint Shop Pro 6 does not have many specialty tools for isolating complex objects; however, there are a few unique approaches to removing backgrounds that might not be obvious to the average user. I'll walk you through two of these techniques using channels and masks, and I'll show you how to make and refine complex selections with the Smart Edge option for the lasso tool.
Learn about three free plug-in filters that can make removing backgrounds a breeze no matter what graphics software you use. These filters are excellent for removing black and white backgrounds and for creating various effects.
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