Understand how to clip objects out of photographs and other art using Paint 3D> In this video, George uses Paint 3D's Magic Select tool to clip objects out of a photograph. He then turns these into 3D objects that can be repositioned and copied throughout the scene.
- [Instructor] There are many times when you'll have to select parts of an image and manipulate it, such as move it around, scale it, rotate it, and so on. And for that, we have a number of tools. We have Select as well as Magic Select, which helps you to select irregularly-shaped objects. So let's go ahead and get started. I'm going to go over to my Art Tools here, and let's create a simple picture. So I'm going to go ahead and select a blue color here and use my Fill to fill my canvas.
And then I'm going to hop over to Stickers here, and let's find a sticker. I'm going to use the sun. And I'm going to left-click and drag that sun out. Now this comes in as a sticker. Now, a sticker is a 2D image that sticks to the canvas. So when I left-click off of this, this becomes part of the canvas. If I look at this in 3D, you can see that it's all one image. Now if I want to select it, I can do that by using the Select tool.
Now, the Select tool is always at the top here, and it shows up pretty much in all of the menus. So it doesn't really matter where you start. But when you select, you just left-click and drag and draw a box. Now, that box may not select everything you want. In this case, I want to select the sun but it is actually irregularly-shaped. So I need to be able to select the sun itself without selecting the background. If I were to manipulate this object right now and move it, you can see that by moving it I reveal the background that's behind it.
And that's not what I want to do. So I'm going to go ahead and select Undo here, and let's select this one more time. Now instead of moving it directly, I'm going to go ahead and use one more tool, and that's Magic Select. Now, Magic Select finds the edges in the image and pares down the selection to include the edges. So in other words, it found where the sun ends and the background begins. And if you want to, you can go through and refine this cutout using Add or Remove.
In this case, it's actually pretty close to perfect, so I'm just going to go ahead and leave it as it is and select Done. And when I do, notice how the icons around this change. This is no longer a 2D object. If I were to view this in 3D, you can see that it's actually cut it out of the background, replaced the background with a color, and Paint 3D has given me a 3D flat object. So if I go into my edit mode again and click over this, that means I've selected it, and I can move this just like I can move any 3D object in the scene.
So I can rotate it this way, I can rotate it basically any way I want. And so once I have this, I now have an object that I can use. If I wanted to scale it up a little bit bigger, I certainly could. If I click off of it, it is still a 3D object. So if I want to, I can select this object and I could, say, copy and paste it. So now I have a copy of this.
And again, I can rotate that object however I want, I can move it forward and back, I can scale it down if I want, and so on. So this gives me multiple objects that I can use in the scene. But there are times when you'll want to re-affix these objects to the background. So let's say I have this object here, and I want it to be part of that canvas. As you can see, it's still off of the canvas. But if I go back in edit mode and select it, you'll see that it has this option that says Make Sticker.
If I press that, it will go ahead and stick this to the canvas just like any other sticker. So I'm going to go ahead and select Make Sticker. And now it becomes a sticker, and when I click off of that, you'll see that now this is actually again part of the canvas. Now, Magic Select can also be used for photographic images. So let's go ahead and open a new file. I'm going to go ahead and select Open. And I'm going to browse my Exercise Files for a file called Beach.jpg.
Go ahead and open that up. And as you can see, it's a beach with some chairs and a shack on it. Now I can select these and also do the exact same thing. So let's go ahead and select this beach chair here. And when I do Magic Select, it tries to find the edges. In fact, if I want to I could zoom in and I could see what edges it's selecting. Now, I can remove pixels if I want.
So I can select Remove and maybe, say, remove these pixels in here. Now I don't have to draw this exactly, I just have to kind of get a shape that's in there and it will find the edges. So if I don't want these here, I can do that. Now when I've done this, it actually has added in this part, which I actually want to add back in. So let's go ahead and select that. And now I have a reasonably good selection.
So I'm going to go ahead and zoom back out. And let's go ahead and select Done. And when I do that, I now have a Magic Select for this particular object. Now if I want to, I can copy and paste it. And now I have another beach chair that I can use here. So what I've done is basically copied this along with a little bit of the background, but now I can multiply this and create more beach chairs if I want.
Let's do this one more time here on this shack here. So I'm going to go back to my Select tool, and then I'm going to draw a box around the shack. And I want to include the drop shadow on the bottom. And let's do Magic Select. Now when I do this, notice how it's getting part of that background. I'm going to go ahead and zoom in here, and use my scroll to kind of get in a little bit closer. And as you can see, it's got part of the little hill in the background as well as part of a beach chair here.
And I don't want those, so I'm going to go ahead and select Remove. And let's go ahead and just remove that part. And notice how I don't have to select the whole thing. All I have to do is kind of get in the area here. So for example, this little part here, I want to remove it. I just kind of need to draw a shape around that and it will get rid of it. Now by doing that, it actually got rid of part of the shadow and part of this, but we can add that back in. So I'm going to go ahead and just add this in.
And I'm going to go ahead and add this back in. And so now I've got most of the shack that I want. I can certainly remove a little bit of this sand if I want by doing that. And there we go, so that's close enough. And now that I have that, I can select Done. And now I have a shack here that I can use, and I can reposition it. If I want to make it a little bit bigger, I can do that. And again, just like with any other object, it is actually in 3D.
So if I want to, you can see that I've got these objects now and they're in 3D. And so if I want to finish this off, I can just select these and just go back into Make Sticker. And then again, that will stick it back into the background. So as you can see, Magic Select is a great way to select irregular objects. And this will help you a lot when manipulating images as well as photographs.
- Drawing 3D objects
- Painting on 3D objects
- Using stickers
- Working with text
- Adding effects
- Importing and exporting