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A few terms apply. "Mask" or "clipping path" would be the most common.
How you do it:
Use a lasso and/or magic wand tool to make a selection (outline the
woman). Choose Modify > Mask > Reveal Selection to show your selection
and hide everything else. Select the mask thumbnail in the Layers panel
and paint on it with black or white to edit the mask. That's the short
version of instructions. This task is easier in Photoshop as PS has more
tools for making selections, such as the Quick Select tool and Magnetic
Lasso. Try to Google "mask" and "fireworks" for more complete tutorials:
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I wrote a tutorial on the technique I use everyday here:
After they masked your example woman they just applied a simple drop shadow.
Let me know if you have any questions!
On 22 Jan 2009 in macromedia.fireworks, quality11 wrote:
> I know there is a term for what I want to do but can't think of
> it.....how do I create the image of the woman on
> http://b-animalwise.com/wordpress/? I mean how do I cut around the
> background? The original image is:
This tutorial should get you started: