You’ve probably heard the term “Photoshop magic” before. It’s when someone uses Photoshop to swap backgrounds, paste in new objects and create images that are unrecognizable from their original. It can produce some pretty cool results, but Photoshop magic is no simple wizardry. It takes hours of photo retouching and painstaking attention to detail. But not anymore! Now you can create the same kind of illusions without any of the meticulous photo editing. With our Cutout tool, you can isolate objects, change backgrounds and create all kinds of funky images in a few simple steps. Selfie game need improvement? Step it up and transport yourself from a boring bathroom to a tropical paradise. Did a friend miss out on a road trip? Add them into your photos and make them a part of the memory. Or, combine layers to create completely new images and enchant your viewers with some “BeFunky magic!”
Go from Everyday to Exotic
When we said the Cutout tool can step up your selfie game, we weren’t kidding. Not only can you transport yourself to a tropical beach, but you can place yourself in any setting imaginable. Try making images of yourself walking on the moon, water or the highest mountain peaks. It’ll make for some pretty impressive photography, and the results will be totally believable. To get started, upload your selfie (or any photograph of yourself) to the Photo Editor. Then, choose Cutout from the Essentials section of the Edit menu.
Quick TipTry using our Touch Up tools on your image to whiten your teeth, brighten your complexion, apply makeup and more.
Isolate Objects In Your Photos
Next, you will want to isolate yourself from the background of your photo. To do this, choose a Shape Selection tool from the Cutout tool menu. The Lasso tool works best for freeform objects, and will probably be your best bet. Then, use your mouse to click and drag along the edges of your outline in your photo.
When you’ve finished outlining yourself, adjust the Feather amount by dragging the sliding scale. The more you increase the Feather amount, the softer the outline of your cutout will become, and the smoother your image will blend into its new background. Once you’re finished adjusting the Feather amount, click on the Export as Layer button. Once you do, your edits will be final and your photo will move into the Layer Manager, where it will be waiting for later use.
Quick TipYou can also use the Poly tool to cut out angled objects, the Circle tool for round objects, the Square tool for square shaped objects and the Paint tool as a second freeform option.
It’s All About Location
If you could go anywhere in the world (or beyond), where would it be? Perhaps you always wanted to explore the Antarctic. With the Cutout tool, you can send yourself to the snowy north pole. Maybe it was your childhood dream to travel through the depths of space. To finally send yourself to galaxies beyond, just use the Cutout tool to remove yourself from a photo, and then place yourself on any heavenly body. Or, perhaps you just want to spend your days basking on a sunny beach. With the Cutout tool, you can send yourself to the most exotic coastal areas in the world.
Once you’ve decided what your destination is, upload an image of it onto BeFunky’s online Photo Editor. Then, use some of our editing tools to make your image look its absolute best. Try the Crop tool to focus in on a specific part of the background image. Use the Color tool to correct coloring and create vivid images. Apply Auto Enhance to instantly improve all aspects of your image. Or, try one of our many photo effects to create a unique photo and kick image quality up a few notches.
Quick TipTo create a perfect circle, square or right angle when removing an object, hold the shift key while making your selection.
Layers on Layers
Now, it’s time to combine your images. First, click on the Layer Manager (it’s the first icon on the menu all the way to the left on your screen). When you do, you will see the image of yourself that you exported earlier. Click on the image and drag it onto your background photo. Once it’s positioned where you’d like, click and drag the corners to adjust its sizing. After you’re finished, a box labeled Layer Properties will pop up. If you would like to make further edits to your image, you can use it to add color overlays, change opacity, duplicate your image or alter light with Blend Modes.
We’ve only added one layer (the image of yourself), but you can add as many layers to your photos as you’d like. To create some really funky images, try incorporating other objects. Use the Cutout tool to isolate a dog sled team and add it your Antarctic adventure. Cut out a F-47 spaceship and park it by your side for an even more otherworldly space exploration shot. Put a piña colada in your hand while you hang beachside and complete the image of paradise. The possibilities are endless, so let your imagination run wild! Once you’re finished, click on the Flatten Layers button to combine your various layers into one image.
Quick TipHold the Alt/Option key to make a object selection even faster.
Use the Cutout tool to isolate objects, stack layers and create BeFunky photo editing magic with your photography!