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Using the Extract Tool

The Extract tool was mentioned in Chapter 7, “Using Selections, Paths, and Transforms in Photoshop.” Although Extract is part of the Filter menu, it falls under the category of selections. In the Extract interface, you can separate the subject from its background, and it will be extracted onto a transparent layer for you.

Simple Extraction

When you select Filter, Extract or press Option--X (Mac users) or Alt+Ctrl+X (Windows users), you get the Extract dialog (see Figure 9.1). The basic operation of the Extract feature is fairly simple: Use the Highlight tool to trace the edge of the object you want to isolate and then click the Fill tool within the outline you just drew to fill the object with a mask. This indicates the area(s) you want to retain (see Figure 9.2).


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