Cutting things out in Photoshop has to be one of the most requested tutorial topics. This tutorial is for older versions of Photoshop (CS4 and earlier), as the extract tool was replaced in Photoshop CS5 for the Refine Edge.
Open your image, and double click on the “background” name in your layers pallette. This will turn it into a layer.
1. Take the marker tool and trace around the image you want to extract. Keep the marker 1/2 way on the image and 1/2 on the background. For solid areas use a small brush, for softer areas like the loose hair, use a larger brush. Tip: to adjust the brush size use the [ and ] keys.
2. Now take the bucket tool and fill the area you want to keep.Click OK.
Select a small brush size and “paint” back the image.Now you can place the image onto any background you wish.
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