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Tutorial - Extracting Images

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An intermediate tutorial on how to extract your images. This is a must know for photo manipulators, I hope you find it useful.
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kittycatmanga's avatar
Thanks! i'll try it out soon :]
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goofygrapeHobbyist Digital Artist
very good tut,it me helped a lot thanks!
GeneratedClouds's avatar
Thank you. Just used this one, was very helpful :D
Xolaroid's avatar
A good technique for any budding photomanipulater.
I must ask though, why do you always insist on JPEG? what is wrong with TIFF format or something like that?
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disturbing-the-weed Photographer
no need to worry now, i have just discovered that adobe decided to scrap the Extract Plug-In for CS4 (along with a number of other plug-ins) but they can be downloaded from adobe, just google extract plugin and the download page comes up straight away, hope this is handy for anyone else who hasnt realised!
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disturbing-the-weed Photographer
hey this might seem really weird but I dont have the 'Filter > Extract' Plug-In :S I am using Photoshop CS4, does it not have this plug-in or am i missing something?
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bugunderherfeetHobbyist Photographer
I only have CS3 but I often use either the pen tool or the magnetic lasso tool to do my extractions for me. It's not as good on hair though, so I often use the extraction filter purely for loose hair. It doesn't always do the trick, but it helps.
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Nikki-1986Hobbyist General Artist

I need to know everything
sevenofeleven's avatar
This is real useful even for someone who does 3d.

redravern's avatar
this is going to be a great help thanks
Natashaestelle's avatar
i like cutting by masking better its kinda more convenient. teehee

i love the tutorial anyway :aww:
Drakkarius's avatar
great tut i have see that filter and i never used >.> now im going to use it always. something that you didnt said is that in extract mode if you use smart highlighting is much easier to extract cuz that find the edges.
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OMFG, thank you so much!!! I've been using the magic wand tool in photoshop for this, and it always takes forever to do; I always have to mess with the tolerance and whatnot. >.< (cutting out a picture of Friedrich Nietzsche took three freaking hours, man! it wasn't cool.)

I am totally faving this. :+fav:

thanks, again! :aww:
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BeraChanHobbyist Traditional Artist
nothing happens when I paste it...why is that?
popxrocksxandxcoke's avatar
I can't copy paste:(
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Sorry to leave two comments, but I figured it out, so it's all good. Thanks again :hug:
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Thank-you so much for the tutorial. My boyfriend has tried (in vain) to explain how to extract images to me, but he always goes through it way too fast. So it was nice to see this :) It didn't work for me though, I did the extracting and copied and pasted the background but the original image wasn't placed on the background. Guess I'll just have to keep trying ^_^
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Bloody-FalconHobbyist Writer
Thanx this will come in handy :)
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MurderAngelStudent General Artist
thank you very is very useful :D
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rubber tool? aka?
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i tried this tutorial & it extracted it great, but when i go to paste the extracted image onto a different background, nothing happens.?

how is it i copy & paste it?
i tried the ctrl+c, & ctrl+v
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Wow, using photoshop for 10 years now, and this is something I didn't already know. Thanks so much, this is so much easier and cleaner than how I was doing it already! :-D
LadyWednesday's avatar
Do you know if this would work in GIMP too?
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