When you mask an object out in Photoshop, it may happen that you miss a few spots, no matter how hard you try. In this video, Jesús Ramirez of Photoshop Training Channel shares a simple tip, yet effective that will help you avoid this mistake every next time you’re making a cutout.
Jesús shares a story from his own experience. In one of his first freelance assignments, he was commissioned to design postcards for an apparel company. He noticed that one of the layer elements in the design had a lot of stray pixels. Unfortunately – no one else caught that mistake. And when the postcards were printed, all those flaws were pretty obvious. So, he figured out a method that helps to avoid this mistake, and it’s pretty simple.
When you mask out the subject, double-click on the layer to bring up the Layer Style window, and click on Stroke. Make sure that the stroke position is outside, that the opacity is 100%, and you can select an easily visible color such as red. Then, you can increase the size of the stroke accordingly and click OK.
Now that you’ve got the stroke, zoom in on the image to see the stray pixels and imperfections. And this stroke will help you see them more clearly, even if you’ve initially missed them.
What you can do now is select the Brush tool, set black as the foreground color and paint on the layer mask to remove the imperfections and stray pixels. And there you have it!
This seems like a great trick to avoid the masking problem in Photoshop. I personally don’t make cut outs very often, but I believe this could be useful for those who create digital art and photo manipulations. Try it out, and let us know how it works for you.