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Chapter 13. Advanced Masking > The Background Eraser

The Background Eraser

Hiding under the normal Eraser tool is a special version known as the Background Eraser. Click and hold on the Eraser tool until you see a drop-down menu—the Back-ground Eraser is the middle tool shown in that menu (Figure 13.1). When you move your cursor over an image, you'll notice that the Background Eraser gives you a round brush with a crosshair in the middle (Figure 13.2). When you click and drag on an image, Photoshop keeps a constant eye on what color is under the crosshair and deletes everything within the circle that is similar to that color (Figure 13.3). Your job is to trace around the edge of the object you want to keep. It's OK to have the circular part of your cursor overlap the subject. Just never let the crosshair hit the subject; otherwise, it will start to delete that area as well (Figure 13.4). The settings in the options bar at the top of your screen determine what should be kept or thrown away (Figure 13.5).

Figure 13.1. The Background Eraser tool is positioned in the same slot as the Eraser tool in Photoshop's tool palette.



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