Skipping rhino down the yellow dirt road

Hi there, I want to have my rhino skipping down the road but I’m not sure how to isolate him and his shadow without getting his whole background. I’ve got him ‘lassooed’ but I don’t know what to do with it. I’d love any advice anyone could give.

And I have to say, I’ve never learnt anything as fast as what I’ve learnt here on RedBubble in the last three months. Everyone has been so encouraging and helpful I’m humbled. I’m serial.


  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 7 years ago

    If you want him placed into another picture, first call up the target picture on your PS screen with the rhino picture in a separate window so you can see at least part of the target. Do your lassoo, and with the rhino selected, ctrl/alt drag him (copy) onto the open target picture. You can drop him anywhere and he will appear as a new layer so you can move him wherever you want. Then maybe you could create a shadow by tracing an outline with the lassoo tool, feathering the selection to taste, and saving it to an adjustment layer. This way you can adjust the darkness/contrast etc. at will and move the shadow wherever you want to place it. If the shadow layer is between the rhino layer and the background image, it should look right.

    Is this basically what you wanted to do? Maybe after all that I got the wrong idea of what you wanted… or maybe someone else has got an easier way of getting there? Anyway, hope to have been of at least some help.

    Cheers, BB

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleeabout 7 years ago

    well billyboy said it…. ;-) … good luck Cathleen….
    I am here if you need to mail me…

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 7 years ago

    Now I can see the target picture… do you have the rhino in color? It might be easiest, for the shadow, to trace the existing one and drag it also into the target picture. Being then in a separate layer, you can adjust the opacity so the road shows through to the extent you want.

  • Cathleen Tarawhiti
    Cathleen Taraw...about 7 years ago

    Hi thanks Billboy, I’ve lassooed him and I’m pressing ctrl and I’m trying to drag him with the mouse but the whole picture is coming…

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 7 years ago

    You have to keep the cursor within the selection while you drag, otherwise yes, the whole picture will move!

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 7 years ago

    I also think you should press ctrl and alt at the same time while you’re dragging…

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 7 years ago

    Whew! On that happy note, I wish you the best of luck… it’s almost 2AM and I’ve got a long drive tomorrow morning, so I’m off to slumberland… Can’t wait to see how your rhino flies!!

  • shawhouse
    shawhouseabout 7 years ago

    Alternate approach- after you select it, copy it then paste it in your other pic. It will be a new layer.

  • Cathleen Tarawhiti
    Cathleen Taraw...about 7 years ago

    Man, I thought I was good at colouring in but trying to trace around this rhino with the lasso… I’m just glad it hasn’t got hair. Please tell me there’s an easier way. I like it like that.

  • Lauren O'Keefe
    Lauren O'Keefeabout 7 years ago

    make a copy of him and use the quick mask mode to cut him out. you’ll have far more control then trying to use that damn stupid lasso tool.

    quick instructions:
    1. duplicate layer and turn bottom layer off (stops accidents)
    2. back to new layer and enter quick mask mode, which located underneath the colour switcher on the tool palette
    3. go around the edge of the image using the brush tool
    4. paint bucket fill the rest and then go around the line that appears with the brush tool so it’s a solid colour
    5. select image
    6. exit quick mask mode
    7. invert the selection
    8. delete

    now you should just have the image as a layer with no background. ta-dah!