I am trying to find a way to cut out and save a portrait. The software I have tried will only let me erase the background, I still have a square picture with a white background. I want to be able to add this portrait to other projects without the white. Please help.
You didn't mention what software you are using so I can only make a generalized suggestion.
Rather than using the eraser:
1) Make a selection using the Freehand Selection tool--it usually looks like a piece of rope in most programs and is usually located in your Toolbox to your left.In the dialog for this, choose about 5-10 pixels for feathering, so the edge isn't too sharp.
Left click and drag a line around the person, and when you let up on the left click button, you should see "marching ants" around your subjest.
2) Edit> Copy
3) Select the image you going to place the person into by clicking on it's info bar.
4) Edit> Paste As a New Selection
5) You can now move the selection around to where you wish it--usually by dragging the image from it's center.
One important note before you begin--make sure that the ppi of both of the images is the same, and that the physical size of the person matches that of the receiving image.
Also, be sure to work on copies of your images--not originals. That way, if you goof, your original will still be OK.
I am using Photoshop CS and I have tried your suggestion but I still have the white background when I try to paste the image into my avery labeling software.
Select the white background in Photoshop ( I use the menu item Select/ColorRange as a quick way to grab just the background white), invert the selection, go Edit/Copy and paste into your Avery software.
I have through trial and error found that the use of the polygonal lasso to select the image is the easiest way to get the image I want. Then I just open up my background image (which I properly size and save as Jpeg) and paste the image onto the background. I can then save that as Jpeg and use it in Avery. In order to save on ink I cut away the unneeded portions of the image. works great every time Thank you all for the insight RDG/05