enter image description hereI have a picture with a border, I want to cut the center out and just keep the border to put around another picture. Using Adobe Photoshop CC. I've tried cutting out the middle with a rectangular marquee tool and using the quick select wand, but neither are giving me the results I want.

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    Welcome along - ok, you will not get much help unless you can post the picture, and tell us what software you have. Mar 30, 2016 at 22:48
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    And what you've tried
    – Ryan
    Mar 30, 2016 at 22:51
  • How do i post a picture? It doesn't say anything about uploading a picture. I'm using Adobe Photoshop Mar 31, 2016 at 0:04
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    Hi Dani, when you click edit there's an Image icon above the text field that lets you upload images to IMGUR and post them. If you're struggling then just upload to IMGUR and post the link and someone will fix it for you. Also, when replying to comments use @usersname like @ryan or @digitallightcraft so that it pings the person you're replying to. You'll get an answer quicker that way.
    – Ryan
    Mar 31, 2016 at 12:08
  • @Ryan I've added information and a picture help please Apr 2, 2016 at 19:43

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On the top menu

Select>Color Range

Then click on any white part of the image and move the tolerancy slider to get more or less accurate on the selection of the color.

when you click OK you'll get a selection of all the white color on the image, if you press delete you'll remove all the white from the image.

  • Hello DBD and thanks for the contribution! Let us know if you have any questions about how the site works Apr 7, 2016 at 13:35
  • Not what was asked: "I want to cut the center out". This method will select all white pixels in the entire image.
    – Jongware
    Apr 7, 2016 at 13:56
  1. Bring up the Channels panel then control click the RGB channel at the top.

Channels panel

  1. Switch back to Layers then press the Delete key...

Before... After...


Instead of the magic wand tool you could try the magnetic lasso tool. This tool will snap to the edges of the border, but will not select the white background behind the border.

If you want a bit more refined result you could invert your selection and apply a slight feather to it. This will make the line a bit smoother. Or instead of a feather you could use the refine selection option to further optimize your selection.

  • Hello Tirza and thanks for your contribution! Let us know if you have any questions about how the site works Apr 7, 2016 at 13:34
  • The magnetic lasso tool would be far too much work for such a simple task with the standard magic wand tool. So long as the poster turns the tolerance right down to say 2 or 3 they should be fine.
    – Paul
    Apr 7, 2016 at 14:33

For better results, you could use pen tool instead of magic wand tool in Photoshop. Using pen tool create shape around the border and than make selection of it. After selection just crop it using ctr+shift+i to invert selections. It will give you a border with more refined result.

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