Cutting out people in Photoshop ready for compositing can be quite a time-consuming task, especially if they have lots of curly or fine, flyaway hair.

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Luckily, the Refine Edge tool is there in Photoshop CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC or CC2014 to save you time by doing a lot of the hard work for you by tapping Photoshop’s built-in Smart Radius and Edge Detection technology.

Here photographer Tigz Rice has created  a quick, 9-step tutorial using photography of cabaret performer Aurora Galore to help you get the most out of cutouts in Photoshop using Refine Edge.

Software needed

Adobe Photoshop CS 5 or later

Time to complete

5 minutes

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