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This chapter is from the book

Deleting the Background

Backgrounds can be useful, but they can also be distracting. When you want to pull an object out of its environment by removing its background, turn to the Magic Extractor.

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  • 1.jpg With the photo open, choose Image, Magic Extractor or press Alt+Shift+Ctrl+V.
  • 2.jpg With the Foreground Brush tool, click several times or scribble on the object you want to keep.
  • 3.jpg With the Background Brush tool, click several times or scribble on the rest of the image.

  • 4.jpg Click Preview to see how the object looks with the background removed.
  • 5.jpg Use the Selection Eraser and the Smoothing Brush tools to delete leftover background areas or restore missing foreground areas.
  • 6.jpg Click OK to finalize the background removal.

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