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Hour 3. Selection Modes > Extracting Selections

Extracting Selections

In Photoshop 5.5, Adobe has provided a new and very useful tool. The Extract command allows you to isolate a foreground object from its background. Even objects with fuzzy, soft, or hard-to-define edges can now be separated from their backgrounds with very little difficulty.

To extract an object, choose Image, Extract to bring up the Extract dialog box. You can either pre-select the object with the Magic Wand or use the Extract Edge Highlighter tool to draw around the edges of the object. Then you define the object's interior by using the Paint Bucket to fill in the outline. and Click the Preview button to preview the extraction. You can refine and preview the extraction as many times as you want. Figure 3.19 shows the Extract window. I've selected the flower, using first the Magic Wand, and then the Extract tools to refine the selection. When you are ready to perform the extraction, Photoshop erases the background to transparency, leaving just the extracted object.


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