A cutout is simply a photo with the background removed — just like when you were a kid making collages with scissors, glue, and old magazines. With the magic of digital technology, you can easily create simple cutouts of an object on a plain background, like a bowl of strawberries on a white counter. Or, you can make more complex cutouts, like a rose bush in a botanical garden — no scissors needed.
Knowing how to cut out an image is a skill you’ll use time and again. When you isolate part of a photo — say, a flower, a car, or a person — you can use that cutout in all kinds of creative ways. And, unlike paper cutouts that you can only use once, you can use digital cutouts over and over, whether you’re making a poster, designing a social media post, or creating a digital collage.
While you can use tools that instantly remove backgrounds from pictures, learning how to do it yourself can be a big help when you want to control every detail. Photoshop offers many different ways to capture the exact cutout you want so your next project looks as amazing as possible.