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05-19-2008, 11:40 AM
Okay, I want to "extract" a photo. I have Photoshop Elements on my laptop but have never used it. Does anyone know if I can, and how to extract a photo using Photoshop Elements? Thanks for the help.
I use eraser tool pick your thickness of brush from tool bar.I zoom in on picture and just take my time.If you make a mistake use back arrow.A little advise only do small sections at a time because if you erase and make one mistake you have to start over.But if you just do little sections at a time it will be saved.My first extraction took me 13 straight hours but now it is done in minutes.Now after you get done extracting make sure you zoom in closer and get rid of things you cannot see with the naked eye using wand.Now when you are all done please remember to save this Jpeg as a png. file.If you save as a jpeg then you get white backgrounds but if you save as png background will be invisible.Good luck and you will become a pro.:)Pm me if you need any help.:)I love extractions as all my embellishments are extracted.
05-19-2008, 02:39 PM
Thanks Eye, it will probably take me days to do this the first time! LOL:rolleyes:
05-19-2008, 03:09 PM
Hey, Elements 5 has a magic extractor located under enhance, I think. Maybe under image. I'm not at home and can't remember for sure. It's a quick extractor and has instructions at top on how to use it. Be sure to zoom in after removing everything you don't want, to be sure to catch any strays.
05-19-2008, 03:33 PM
Thanks everyone, you all are very helpful! :D
05-19-2008, 04:09 PM
Ok this may sound stupid but I am new to all this and have no idea what I am doing yet, lol :( So if you can bare with me what is extraction? What does it do. I have never digital scraped before and I am lost at how and what I am doing.
05-19-2008, 05:24 PM
I don't know quite how to explain it but I'll try. If you ever did paper scrapping before, you may have cut out a object in your photo for your page. Say like I cut out my son out of a picture to paste onto a page. Well, in digital scrapping its called extraction and you are basically "cutting" out an object out of your photo. I've never done it before so I am learning this technique as well. Hope this helps.
05-19-2008, 06:21 PM
Thanks so much for the reply. I understand what it means now if I can learn how to do it, lol
05-19-2008, 06:33 PM
You can do it, Trish! It's hard at first then it gets easier. So many here (like Eye) will help you if you get stuck.
05-19-2008, 06:42 PM
Can you tell me which Elements you have???
You also have to make sure you are not working on the background layer, it wont let you erase anything..you will need to make it into a layer...control + J will give you the layer you need then take the background layer and put it in the trash. Now when you erase you will see exactly what you are doing.
05-19-2008, 07:02 PM
I know nothing about those programs! I have attempted to learn on my own but never can figure out where to start! LOL I had downloaded that free gimp software and never got to the first step! Maybe someday in the near future, I will find a tutorial of the BASICS on how to use those programs! :eek:
05-19-2008, 07:07 PM
Looks like most have got things covered here. Just wanted to add a couple of things to help out but I'm not familiar with Elements as I have CS2 but I think they are quiet similar in lots of ways.
1. Often it depends on the photo and what your extracting itself as to the best method.
2. Use erasor to delete background - sometimes a soft brush (fuzzy ended brush rather than a hard brush) is good for edges when you don't need to be too fussy and good for around hair.
3. Magic erasor is good when the background is more of a consistant colour. EG. flower against a blue background etc
4. Another way to select or draw around the image required and then cut. Really good for straight edges etc.
There is no hard and fast rules for whats best - often depending on the image itself and purpose you wish to use it.
For designing - I zoom in to often 200% so I can get down to the last pixel. The more you do the quicker you will get. Do as many tutorials you can - search the web - there are many excellent tutorials available and "you tube" has some awesome stuff also.
Hope this helps some.
Hugs from Carena
05-20-2008, 07:28 AM
Crops, I have Photoshop Elements 6.0. Thanks everyone for your help and support.:D
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