View Full Version : Quick Mask vs Extract Tool
02-11-2003, 07:55 PM
Just wondering which is better for removing an image from it's background ?
I always seem to use quick mask, haven't used the extract tool too much.
02-11-2003, 08:00 PM
They might have adjusted the extract tool for PS7, I don't know. For 6, I use it just about as much as I use the magnetic lasso (which is to say, I've tried it twice and both times I was horrified). :) But again, I've only tried it a handful of times so it might actually be useful, I don't know. Pen and quickmask (or layer mask) for me...
02-11-2003, 08:10 PM
I use quick masks...extract sometimes!
02-12-2003, 01:22 AM
I use quick mask, I keep trying extract and never get good results, it works on eazy things, but so does the eraser, and they both destroy the original.
02-12-2003, 12:25 PM
If extract was faster, creating a smooth edge, working on low contrast images, and producing a mask instead of erasing the layer, I would use it :D
Most people who use the extract tool, have quite simply given up. I have dedicated a lot of time to perfect the extract tool, and I can say without a doubt, the extract tool is more than 10 more useful and effective than the quick mask mode, or the magnetic lasso. There are tutorials for the extract tool, but it really takes a personal understanding from experience to master it. I can say that what would take 30 minutes with the quick mask, with a wacom, will take less than 10 with the extract tool, with 10 times better the result. If you want an example, send me a U2U, and I will demonstrate and explain ( but it will still take a while to master it )
02-12-2003, 12:39 PM
Scott kelby showed me a great trick that makes the Extract command actually useful. First, dup the image since Extract will erase the background. Then Scott makes a pretty quick highlight around the image and clicks OK. Often the result leaves something to be desired(!). Then he just duplicates the resulting layer a couple of times and <bang!> the edges look great. If needed, a little History Brush to fix other problems.
Using this technique, I've been able to get great results in just a few steps.
02-12-2003, 02:08 PM
Ill have to try the duping the layers trick.
Here is a link to a tutorial I wrote on Extract tool http://www.photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/cutout/cutout.htm
02-12-2003, 03:14 PM
LOL...I just zoom in at 200% and use the polygonal lasso.
02-14-2003, 03:38 PM
I just use Knockout 2.
It does just about a perfect job on absolutely everything.
02-14-2003, 10:21 PM
It depends really. Most of the time I'll use the extract tool and touch it up with the history brush but sometimes I use the background eraser tool.
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