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Use the Cutout filter creatively

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
September 23, 2015

It’s a simple command, but great for illustrative effects


1. Set the background


First, we’re going to deal with the background. Simply head to Filter>Filter Gallery>Artistic, and go to the Cutout option. We want the background to be low in detail, to draw the attention to the subject, so use Levels: 2, Simplicity: 6 and Fidelity: 2.

2. Select the subject


Open your subject. Select the subject using a Quick Selection. Ctrl/right-click and then choose the Refine Edge option to iron out any edges – don’t worry too much about this, though.

3. Mask and cutout


Click the Mask icon, and go to Filter>Filter Gallery. Choose Cutout again, and use Levels: 2, Simplicity: 0 and Fidelity: 2 for more detail than before.

4. Combine them


Duplicate your layer of the original document by Ctrl/right-clicking. Position your subject and go to Enhance>Adjust Colour to change the colour if you want. You can adjust everything as a whole on a layer with Hue/Saturation and individual shades with Replace Colour.