Step 5 Once you have created a path all the way around, select Window > Paths. Click on the drop down menu on the right of the Path panel and chose Make Selection. In the dialog box that appears, set a Feather Radius of 0.0 and click New Selection. Click OK to create a marque selection around the image.


Step 6 Hit copy (Cmd/Ctrl + C) and return to your print-ready document. Paste your element onto the Canvas (Cmd/Ctrl + V) and place it in the centre of your composition ready to deck other elements around.


Step 7 In the majority of images imported you will have to adjust the contrast to make the image feel richer – and to take advantage of our printer’s deep, glossy blacks. To do this, select Image > Adjustments > Levels. Slide the arrows inwards to add more contrast. For this project, a dirtier, more textured approach is preferable, so it doesn’t matter if the gradients break down – but you may want to keep them looking smooth.With the Pro9500 Mark II having separate matte black, photo black and grey ink tanks, you can be sure that whichever look you want, it’ll appear as you wish.

Repeat steps 3-7 until you have your central elements – more peripheral elements can be cutout and added as you need them.