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Using the Extract Filter

One of the biggest tricks of working effectively in Photoshop is to isolate objects from backgrounds. This is useful not just for compositing purposes (that is, taking an object out of one image and putting it in front of a completely different background—and we're not just talking about blackmail purposes, either), but also for compositional purposes, such as adjusting the depth of field and so on.

You have a number of ways of isolating objects from backgrounds. You can draw a path around the object in question, for example, and convert that path to a selection, or you can use the Quick Mask mode. The Extract filter offers a new-and-improved way of removing objects from backgrounds (or vice versa) in Photoshop.


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