I am quite new to photoshop, but I have always been having problems creating products on a pure white background. I need it for online selling, but it is a daunting task for me--especially since I do everything alone. I am just practicing on my photoshop, so don't mind the ugly photograph.

This is my image and efforts, but even the masking layer gets messed up. I am having a hard time finding tutorials online because of different Photoshop versions as well as different/incomplete instructions.

I was watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwB0-gR2lvE

But the tool they said was use the Quick Selection Tool and damn it's just messing all around my image and including the background as well and now I am stuck.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you looking to preserve the shadow? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 16:04

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Not a Photoshop-based answer:

You are making things difficult for yourself with your granite background. The first thing to do is to shoot your objects against a plain background, then if needed you select the background and not the object, then invert the selection (but if done properly you can get a background so white that you won't even need to cut it out).

A sheet of printing paper can be a much more practical background than stone. But there are rather cheap accessories such as this to allow you to shoot objects properly against a neutral background (they make it easy to overexpose the background so that it is pure white in the picture).

If you insist in doing it the hard way with Photoshop, search for tutorials on "clipping paths".

Answer to edited question: normally you pick a contrasting background (black for something light). On this very picture, if you look closely, while your background is very neutral (R=G=B), the object itself is slightly blue (R=GGDSE.

  • \$\begingroup\$ You're right I should do that. Although I have another image such as a white image and I am having trouble with that right now as well because the roller is white. I'll edit the main post to show that image. \$\endgroup\$
    – Pherdindy
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 13:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ In addition to the white paper - I find porcelain to be very nice as well (photo.stackexchange.com/questions/102146/…) \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 16:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Instant sticky whiteboard sheets are nice, too. \$\endgroup\$
    – xenoid
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 16:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ I actually have a white photobox similar to the photos. I just never realized the reason behind using a plain background when I thought I could use photoshop (didn't know it was easier) \$\endgroup\$
    – Pherdindy
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 9:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ Most things done in camera tend to save time as compared to in post. @Pherdindy \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 12:20

The quick selection tool has two modes: adding and removing. When you're adding, the cursor has a + sign inside it; when you're removing, the cursor has a - sign inside it. When the tool has gone too far, as in your picture, start removing. Click the icon in the top tool bar that shows the - sign, and start dragging in the part that should not be in the selection. In this case, that's the handle of the thing in the picture. By switching back and forth between adding and removing you can get closer to what you're after.

There's a shortcut for changing modes; on the MAC it's the Option key; I don't know what it is on a PC. When the tool is in add mode, holding down Option as you drag subtracts. When you release the Option key it goes back to adding.


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