Gimp Pen Tool Selection Layer Mask for Photoshop Elements Background Change 2019 2018 15 14 13 12

Gimp Pen Tool Selection Layer Mask for Photoshop Elements Background Change 2019 2018 15 14 13 12

October 5, 2019 11 By Peter Engel


Hi I’m George Peirson and in this Photoshop Elements video I’ll be showing you how to use the free GIMP image editing program to create a nice layer mask here using their pen to a real nice smooth curve like that and then use that over in Photoshop Elements to replace the background there we go. Make sure you click on that like button and also don’t forget to Share as well and if you haven’t Subscribed already go ahead and click on Subscribe also. Now to learn a lot more about using Photoshop Elements take a look at my complete training course and you’ll find a link right down there in the description. Okay, let’s get to it [Music] we’re going to start this video off over in GIMP, let’s just first close this down this is our finished picture and by the way that is not a cigar that is a cinnamon stick in case you’re curious great thing to have cinnamon stick with hot chocolate let’s just go ahead and close that down here we go and I’ll start off with a completely brand new file in here just close this down and open up a brand new file just close that discard the changes okay now Gimp works differently than Photoshop Elements does it’s a very powerful editing program and it’s completely free you can get it online at gimp.org immitis bring that up here we go GIMP and it’s at gimp.org free download it’s been around for a long time it’s a very very stable program no cost this program at all so it’s a great program to use for a lot of stuff personally I prefer photoshop and photoshop elements on the way they’re just they’re laid out but there are a lot of tools in GIMP that you can use to improve how Photoshop Elements runs let’s get that out of the way now as you can see here it does run a bit differently these are floating windows there’s our image window which has all of the menus in the image one if you open up two images will have two floating image windows toolbar is floating over here and of course the panels in the right hand side are also floating if you want to look more like a regular program just take this window here and this just stretch this out and fit it in the background just like that now it feels a bit more like a regular program now part of the problem here is that the toolbar can only go so small so healthy kind of put it underneath your other menu up here same thing for the layers but not really that big of a deal okay so open up our image file and open and there we go there is our open file open image dialog box you can see here that the program works by showing you thumbnails in the right-hand side and here’s your actual images that’s what I want is just a jpg image if you want to work along with this video I have this downloadable on the materials page the download page for this video I’ll just go ahead and choose open and there it is now have all of our standard tools over here left-hand side if you don’t like this floating tool bit you can run the program in what they call single window mode go to Windows and come down here single window mode and it just kind of docks things in there on the side now we have our controls over here you can move things around with these slider controls and obviously it’s resized a bit let me just resize this to fit my record area here on my window get that over there and that’s stretch this out like that there we go now we’re sitting our whole image again and this time the tools are docked over here on the left hand side see this way of working as well so it’s two different ways of working here with GIMP personally I prefer the non single window mode which again is just like this and let’s get this thing back to center again there we go don’t bring my tools back yet over here on the left okay so here’s our hot chocolate cup with that cinnamon stick in there and we’ll be making a selection the reason why I’m doing this over hearing Gipp is this curve right in there and this curve here and this curve up in here doing curved selections inside of elements is almost impossible you can do real small dots using the one of these selection tools me with a polygonal lasso tool and just do a whole bunch of little dots around here and get a pretty good curve on that but it takes a long time and it’s difficult to adjust with a pen tool or a pen style or vector tool you can actually make a curve an actual curve and then easily modify or adjust that curve and we can do that right here inside of GIMP once you have the path made with your pen tool you can then convert that path into your selection and then use that selection to create a layer mask okay let’s go over here to the left hand side we have a tool right there this is the path tool and they call it the paths tool they an S in there same thing basically as a pen tool over in Photoshop right below that is the zoom tool and we’ll be using both of these tools here to do a good path you want to be zoomed in fairly and I found here it’s easiest if we zoom in first and make our path after we zoom in let’s just click a couple of times here there he goes can get nice and close in here we’ll then go up here to the path tool now if the path tool you click and it creates a path this is just like making a selection using the polygonal lasso Tom just make points and then give us connecting those dots with straight lines that’s not what we want so I’ll go over here to the layers right here little layers panel little three dots this is the path right there’s our paths there’s your layers you have color separations right here your color channels and there’s pass I’m just going to right click on this and let’s delete that path and start over again the other way to work with a path is you click and drag and that gives you a curve I’ll start right here in that corner and I’ll click on drag it just a little bit that gives me a curve and I’ll come down here somewhere click and drag and I get a curve get these little control handles in there those allow me to control the curve and that’s where this is useful to do this kind of a selection now if you hold the space bar down the hand changes you don’t have to hold any buttons down or anything it’s just locked into a move tool like this so spacebar up you can put where you want space right down it locks it into a move tool so let’s pull it up here and I’ll do a new point right here again pull out and that gives me a curve sometimes it gives up backwards curve for whatever reason Photoshop does the same thing not all the time but sometimes just click and pull your curves out come down always find your edge click and pull our curve out again back to the shift tool make that move and we’ll just go around making these curves now the nice thing about a path is that you can come back and you can adjust it afterwards that’s one of the real power here of you working with a path first one is of course they get curves nice smooth curves the second one is that you can adjust it after you the mate will come back and fix all of that here I’m just work my way around now you’re working with a basically curve object like this and you come to a corner click-and-drag at that corner as well it’s considered that corner as being a curve and we’ll adjust that little dots for small curves there’s our spacebar again again click into the corner here and up a little bit and click here I’m gonna do three little ones for the top and come down here a little click there and I can do one over here and one in that corner right there and then come back to space them out a little bit further for around the rim of the cup now I’m just putting them basically in place I’m not worrying about being exact at this point because we can modify this there’s our spacebar again you notice work our way around just like that and come back around and then we’ll finish off with one more right down there just next to that point now in GIMP it doesn’t automatically connect or close your path you click on the first point kinda like Photoshop does just click on next to that it will fill in that little gap for you automatically okay so there’s our basic path in here it’s a little bit squirrely as you can see up there but that’s okay we can fix all of that on the right hand side over here here is the layers and those are we’re not seeing the path no layers it’s separate from the layers and then here is our path right here if you right-click on the name we have all of our path tools edit path edit path attributes make a new path to look at the path to loot the path and importantly down here the path to selection add to selection subtract from selection so for this is your selection stuff in there and the selection is I’ll be using to create our layer mask in just a bit we’ll go back here to edit path it a path brings you back to this point now click on any of these dots let’s see how it goes clear link if these two square handles out there at this point I can move this one around get a place just where I want it and that I can pull these handles in the smooth down the curve and get my curve just exactly right just a matter now of going around and adjusting all of these until we get a nice clean curves you can make these shorter or longer and you can move them in or out and that’s like that’s pre pretty good in there it’s a little bit weird right here I’ll pull this up just a touch and then pull this down now it’d take me a few minutes to really clean this path up in this part you don’t need to watch all come back to that in a minute but let’s move over here and down to this section here let’s take this one now it’s kind of a weird curvy line here I’m just go take this handle here and just put it right on top of that that gives me basically a straight line there in here I’m going to pull this right down on top of that one so there’s a straight line there and then of course just move this as I need to and then down here I have my path handle right there and pull that out so if I want a corner in here and work with a curved surface all I need to is click on that corner and then pull this control handle straight in to give me a nice straight line there and up here and want a straight line on that side and then a curve up around over here and I can just kind of move these things around I get exactly where I want it you get a nice smooth even path on that that’s looking pretty good same thing down here I pull both of these in right on top of that main path handle notice how these move independently of each other so I move one and then move another okay the rest of this is pretty straightforward to start I’ve been showing you here so I’m just going to pause the video for a second all finished going around the edge and fine-tuning these control handles as I go to get the path exactly the way I want it as soon as that’s done I’ll then bring the video back up and move on to the next step and there we go nice path nice smooth curves around this very curvy picture okay so now right-click on the path and come down to add to selection and because I sold a selection right there right along the path we can now go back to our layers there’s our selection and with the layers you can right click and add layer mask based on the selection lots of options in here will do based on selection choose add there we go there’s our layer mask we now can deselect the out collector to select come down to none that’s d selected let’s go up here to path you can show or hide our path right there as well so when this is saved out we’re not going to be seeing this path the path will not be saved for Photoshop Elements but the selection and the layer mask will be saved so I’ll have that all taken care of okay so go ahead now and transfer this out to Adobe’s Photoshop Elements go up to file come down to export as right here and where it says select file type at the bottom of this window click on that we can then scroll down you can save to a lots of different file formats here out of the GIMP program and the important one right down here is Photoshop image just choose that here’s our name I’m going to just call this one curve all these numbers here are calls one cappuccino cup although I like to calling it hot chocolate there we go cappuccino cup choose export and it’s now saved out as a Photoshop file at this point we can switch over to the Photoshop Elements program and there we go there’s Photoshop Elements let’s go ahead now and open up that file file open and there it is right there choose open and as you can see here is our nice coffee cup image with that layer mask already installed giving us that nice clean background so that’s how you can use the GIMP program to remove the background from a tricky picture like this that has these curved edges which really very very difficult to handle inside of Photoshop Elements and of course the best part is that the GIMP program is completely free let’s say I want to put a different background in here just days just a couple of steps I’ll make a new layer over here post layer underneath our coffee mug layer on this layer rename this layer background scope here the layer come down to new and choose background from layer it’s now a background layer it fills with your background color once that’s done we can now use our backgrounds here inside of elements to change this background anything we want there done under graphics here we go I’m gonna scroll way down quite a ways I hit come a nice satin down here kind i sat in tablecloth look we’ll just keep on scrolling down for that way way way down as you can see long ways down here keep on scrolling down you’ll eventually come to it almost there not quite just about and there we go almost to the bottom click on that that then brings that in as the background layer Oh gets go back over to layers again and back up here now it’s not perfect because we don’t have a shadow down here at drop shadow I’m showing an easy way to do that drop shadow take a little bit of cleanup but it isn’t that big of a deal the first go out is I want to make a copy of this layer there we go now go back down to the original layer here right click on this layer and choose simplify layer that merges the layer mask with the image giving us just a clean background if I hide everything in here there we go it’s just the coffee cup on clear there’s our background now we can add a layer style onto this coffee cup go up to layer come down to layer style and style settings drop shadow right here now notice the shadowing of the cup right there so the light source is up over here someplace up that direction so it’s gonna rely to angle them with lighting angle around to match this kind of aiming at where that light source is based upon that shadow I pull the distance that you can see there’s that drop shadow right down there I’ll put out just a little ways opacity is at 35 which is not just calm a nice soft one and increase the size a little bit that makes the edge just a bit softer on that drop shadow there it is just kind of softens that down and shoes okay there’s a problem with that and that’s that we have a shadow over here and a shadow up here and a shadow right in there I don’t want any of those shadows because that looks like it’s a cutout too sitting on the background while just the shadow just down here but none of this stuff so now we can use our layer mask up here to help us clean out that edge but first we’ll have to again simplify this layer right here so right click on the layer name click simplify and it gets rid of that layer style so now the shadow is part of the actual picture over here now go up to the layer mask hold on the Alt key and pull straight down that copies that layer mask Danya notice how the shadowing just disappeared that’s because it’s hidden by this layer mask we can now bring it in again by adjusting our layer mask double click on the layer mask side make sure see that light blue outlet around there notice that white is showing our coffee mug and black is hiding the shadow so I want to paint in white to see more of the shadow go over to the paint brush make sure a foreground color is set at white and then grabbing anything have a 36-year hard edge that’s fine and if I paint right in here I’m just extending out that layer mask a little bit with the white and showing that shadow that’s right around the edge just go clear up here to the edge that because it’s that nice shadow right around there and right appear just kind of want to fade this out in there so do that let’s get a soft edged paintbrush 21 looks pretty good little small actually let’s go up here to maybe a bit larger and I’ll zoom in on this it’s a little bit tricky so you need to pull it in here we may catch the edge that I want to get the shadow in here before I catch that shadow up there so I’m going back to our brush and the size looks pretty good it’s a soft edge a little larger maybe the larger the size the softer the edge and inserting right here just kind of pull that in like that there we go and that just brings that shadow in before we hit the shadow up here that’s being hidden by that layer mask in back to fit screen and then final trick in here let’s go on to our couple layer right there let’s do a layer I just went there here layer adjustment layer and levels and choose use previous layer click on OK we now can use this to adjust the levels in here of the coffee cup and get our colors looking a bit nicer a little bit stronger colors with more contrast in there bring our lights up a little bit and that looks pretty good so there we go we use the GIMP program to create our layer mask to do your using their pen tool to give us that nice curved edge which we use to create our layer mask and then by sipping that out as Photoshop file over there and get we can then open it up over here in Photoshop Elements and do the rest of the work over here inside of elements with all the rest of our great tools so there we go that’s how you can use GIMP to add in additional capabilities over here for Photoshop Elements if you liked this video make sure you click that like button and also of course share through social media and finally don’t forget to take a look at my complete training course for Photoshop Elements and there’s a link right down there in the description thank you for watching my video I hope you found it useful if you like this video click on the like button below to let others know you can click the subscribe button so you don’t miss any of my videos in the future and frequently uploading new training videos don’t forget to check out my 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