Figure 4.20

Using the Magic Eraser against a white background

15. Use the History Brush (press Y) to paint back areas on the trunk and branches that might have been magically erased in the previous step. Press Caps Lock to deactivate the precise cursor.

16. The image can also benefit from Photoshop's automatic fringe removal. Choose Layer > Matting > Defringe. Select 1 pixel from the Defringe dialog box and click OK.

TIP You'll find two additional commands under Layer > Matting called Remove Black Matte and Remove White Matte. These commands are only appropriate when your foreground object was photographed in front of a black or a white background. Defringe yields better results for objects with multicolored backgrounds.

You can smooth the edges of the figure by clearing a feathered selection of the background. This technique slightly reduces the opacity along the edges of the figure and is appropriate for a deciduous tree if you expect to see translucency in the leaves.

NOTE Don't use this method on hard-edged objects.

17. Choose Select > Color Range to open the Color Range dialog box (see Figure 4.21). Click a point outside the tree in the document window to select the background color (white), and then drag the Fuzziness slider to 50. Click OK to make a selection.

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