Dreamed-up out of boredom in Darwin, Australia, Cutoutstuff was the idea to create an online cut-out image marketplace. 
Frustrated with the lack of cut-out options available, and price-per-image models from existing providers like MrCutout or Vizhopper, Cutoutstuff sought to be a fun, people-driven solution for the arch-viz community.
The need for cutouts images has a basis in collage. Popularised from the 1960s by architects such as OMA, design collective Archigram, and radical italian group Superstudio and many others, photo-montaging is still a popular technique used by architectural practices around the globe.
Images: Artists collage impression of Casa Palestra 1985 via OMA (top left), Artists collage impression of Columbia Circle Development 2016, via OMA (top right), The Continuous Monument (On the River) 1969 by Superstudio via Archinet (bottom left),  House In Rua do Paraíso 2017 by Fala Atelier, via Archdaily  (bottom right)
In the last decade many institutions—such as the British Library, The Met and Smithsonian Institute—have released thousands upon thousands of historical artworks and photographs under Creative Commons Zero licenses. CC0 allows creatives to freely use, manipulate, and redistribute these works, even for commercial gain.
This has been a boon for the arch-viz community, where copyright and privacy is an issue for building large, diverse and high quality image-sets. 
Cutoutstuff was discontinued in 2018 due to the inability to scale. Automated background removal software is still unable to remove a subject from a complicated background reliably, with the manual process of "cutting out" an object being uneconomical due to the time required.
With the reducing complexity of rendering software, it is even easier for architects for create visualisations, and while digital-montage remains a popular technique, the demand for cut out objects has declined.
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