Smoothing jagged edge left by magic wand tool

Posted on 2009-12-26
Last Modified: 2013-12-13
In the image shown I've replaced a white background behind the guitar with the magic wand tool and then "cut" the background out to make it transparent. Placing the new image over a black background produces the figure shown.  I want to get rid now of the jagged edges left by the magic wand tool around the outside of the guitar, so they're smooth, like the curves around the f-holes in the guitar, for example.  Could someone suggest the best was to do  this?

Question by:steva
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    Expert Comment

    Use the pen tool, then make your selection. This image is ideally suited for using the pen tool. Your selection then will be perfect.

    Author Comment

    The pen tool?  But the pen tool draws straight lines.  How do I make it follow the curves?
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    Accepted Solution

    It also does bezier curves(click and drag), tutorials here:

    The guitar pic is a great one to start on as the curves are quite generous and simple.
    LVL 18

    Expert Comment

    screen and png of refined edge.
    I wound up not using pen tool after all.
    Just erased to edge of red, added cream stroke.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the pen tool tutorial .  You say you erased to the edge of the red.  Did you use the magic wand to do  this?

    And they you added the cream border. But, as far as I know, you can only add borders to vector objects and this is a bitmap.  So how did you add the cream border?

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    Assisted Solution

    After you delete the background (use the pen tool to outline guitar, make the path a selection, inverse the selection and hit delete) then you can select the layer and choose Stroke from the layer effects

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