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How to Create an Isolated Object: Photoshop in 60 Seconds

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What You'll Be Creating

Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Isolated Objects

Isolated objects are objects that have been extracted from an image for use in any design. From photo manipulations to poster designs and more, you can achieve many awesome creations with isolated objects. Short on time? Try this Photoshop Action instead, to remove backgrounds easily.

Learn how to create an isolated object in the quick video below. And browse the incredible selection of resources from Envato Market and Envato Elements for more amazing options.


How to Create an Isolated Object in Photoshop

Let's create an isolated object in two simple ways. First, open your image in Photoshop; here I'll be using this Ribbon Stock.

Ribbon Stock from PhotoDune
Ribbon Stock

Select the background layer from the Layers panel and add a quick Layer Mask. Now select the Brush Tool (B) and paint black onto the white Layer Mask to remove the background.

You can easily turn the background back on by right-clicking the Mask and selecting Disable Mask.

Remove the background with a layer mask

For the second method, remove the background from any image by using one of Photoshop's extraction tools. Here I'll be using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), but the Magic Wand Tool (W) also works great in this scenario. Simply trace around the subject to create a selection, right-click to Inverse the Selection, and then hit Delete to remove the background.

Polygonal Tool for Isolated Objects

For the best results, Save your isolated object as either a transparent PNG or PSD file.

File Formats for Isolated Objects

Want to see this in action? Check out the quick video above to see this lesson at work!

A Bit More Detail

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60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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