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yio says

What colors do you use for filling the background so as to see if some kind of border is visible?

i.e.
May I use
Red RGB =255 0 0
Green RGB =51 153 0
instead of dark grey?

Must I increase gradually the transparency on the border to soften it or just cut hard?

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Motionreactor says

I use different colours sometimes to look at the transparency of a layer in detail. Obviously black and white can be checked against, but also obnoxious and super bright colours like hot pink can help reveal subtle details in edge transparency. Also a good technique is to use a levels adjustment layer and play around with it to increase contrast between layers / objects and therefore sometimes see certain artifacts revealed. As far as softening edges of an object, there are like everything else in photoshop about a million ways to achieve this. Blurring, Feathering, manual painting etc…

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yio says

Thanks a lot! That info was very useful to me. :-D

So, you give me to understand that border doesn’t have to be hard and transparency doesn’t has to be like 0/1 (in/out of the figure), therefore border must fade away gradually increasing its transparency.

Your work is amazing! Like an Art Gallery! Very fine work! ;-)

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Motionreactor says

thanks, glad you like my work.

Yes you can have transparency other than 0/1. Obviously if you save your work in a format that supports it like PSD of course. TGA and PNG are common formats which support 8-bit transparency.

I’m a little confused exactly what your original question was referring to. Are you asking how to extract and isolate an object from a photo? or create a vector clipping mask?

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yio says

The first one: how to extract and isolate an object from a photo…

Vector masking is a pending matter for me… :-D

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