|Strelka the Golden|
This is a cutout of my dog Strelka. Cutouts like this can be used as logos, topic markers in brochures or websites, as elements of larger designs (an ad for a dog kennels, a vet practice or a pet food supplier) or as a stand-alone illustration on a page where text flows around an irregular shape/image.
I made it using Mask with Shape option (under Format menu).
|Masked image showing editing points|
Then make mask editable and Smoothen Path (also under Format).
Then add editing points – press Option key and move cursor to the contour line of the mask. When instead of the white hand a small pen with a plus sign appears – click.
Add as many editing points as needed and move them as close to the object as reasonably possible to make a cutout. Read more about this technique in this article: DSK: How to Make a Closely Cropped Cutout.
Now if this sounds like a fiddly business try Alpha tool to remove background to achieve a similar effect. It will work, however, only if the background is of consistent colour that is different from the colour of the object, a black dog sitting on a white sheet for example. Please see an example of how Alpha tool can be used to remove background and achieve a striking design effect in this earlier article: How to Remove Background.
|Background partially removed with Alpha|
See what suits you better.
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