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Photoshop Lesson - How To Extract An Object From The Background
Adobe Photoshop is the most popular tool used to edit graphics, images and photos. Many graphic designers and professional photographers use Photoshop using such tools as: layers with masks, color spaces, ICC profiles, transparency, text, alpha channels and spot colors, clipping paths, and duotone settings. If you don't have any idea what any of those things are, don't worry. I am going to give you some basic and easy instructions in order to help you complete simple tasks using Photoshop. It is normally quite simple to use Photoshop, the hard part is knowing what tools to use, and how to use them. I had to learn this through trial and error, I am going to give you a head start.
Project 1 : Extract An Object From The Background
In this lesson I will show you how to extract an item from the background. This is a useful trick to know in case you want to later overlap the image or superimpose it on another image. For this lesson, we are going to use a picture of a Brazil soccer jersey as an example. We will start with a photo of the shirt laying flat on the floor, it will be important to have a color contrast from the background and the image you want to extract. For example, you would not want to take a photo of a white shirt on a white floor, because that will make this task more difficult.
Step By Step:
Step 1: With Photoshop open on your computer, go to "file" in the top right corner, then scroll down and click "open", then browse through your computer and select the image you intend to extract
Step 2: Go to the top menu (near the middle), click "filter", then scroll down and click "extract". This should open a new box with the image .
Step 3: The next step is to use the pen tool (top left of the menu in the new box), to trace an outline around the entire outer border of the image, the idea is to cover the entire outer edge of the image in the green highlighted by the pen tool.
Step 4: Once you have completely traced the entire outer image, you will then select the fill tool on the left menu (it looks like a bucket spilling over). Simply place the fill tool anywhere inside the image and click, the entire image should be highlighted inside the green traced area. Once highlighted, click "OK" on the top right of the menu.
Step 5: Now you should see your image, with a grey checkered background, this means your background is gone, now we just need to do some touch up work. First use the magnifying glass tool on the bottom left menu to enlarge the image to 4-5 x actual size. This will make it easier to see the imperfections.
Step 6: Use the tool that looks like a hand (bottom left), to scroll around the edges of the image to look for overlaps. You can use the eraser tool to take away any excess background. If there are any areas of the image that are missing or blemished, use the history brush (it looks like a paint brush with a swirling arrow). The history brush will restore the area of the image that is blemished, then you can remove the excess background with the eraser.
Step 7: You are finished! Save the image to your computer.
*Interesting Fact* What does Photoshop CS3 stand for?
The original Adobe program was named "Creative Suite"
So CS3 stands for "Creative Suite 3"