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Part 6. Creating Snazzy Effects > Deleting the Background

Deleting the Background

Backgrounds can be useful, but they can also be distracting. When you want to pull an object out of its environment by removing its background, turn to Photoshop Elements 4's new command, the Magic Extractor.

With the photo open, choose Image, Magic Extractor.

With the Foreground Brush tool, click several times or scribble on the object you want to keep.

With the Background Brush tool, click several times or scribble on the rest of the image.

NOTE

Almost the Same

This technique works similarly to the Magic Selection Brush. The dialog box's instructions say to click on the areas you want to indicate as background and foreground, but scribbling works just as well.


NOTE

Best Bets

You ll achieve the best results when you use an image that has a distinct foreground object that's very different in color or in lightness from the background.


Click Preview to see how the object looks with the background removed.

Use the Selection Eraser and the Smoothing Brush tools to delete leftover background areas or restore missing foreground areas.

Click OK to finalize the background removal.


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