Step 5: View Preview

■ To view the extracted pelican, click Preview and the Extract dialog box now looks similar to the one shown in Figure 26.5. If you want to see

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the pelican against a different background, click Display in the Preview area and select your choice of matte colors.

■ If you need to make corrections to the extraction, you can now use the Cleanup tool (C) or the Edge Touchup tool (T). Drag the appropriate tool to erase or to make pixels visible.

■ After the extraction is the way you want, click OK and the extraction is placed on the top layer in the Photoshop 7 workspace.

■ Key features of the pelican are the soft light-colored feathers on his head. If you click the eye icon on the Background layer on and off, you can see that some of those all-important feathers have been clipped! To put them back on, you can very carefully paint them back by using the Clone Stamp tool set to the Background layer and by painting on the extracted layer.

You now have an extracted pelican (or in the graphic arts field a pelican photo object). To place the pelican in another image, simply drag and drop the extracted layer onto another image. You can then position it, size it, and edit as you like. Just for fun, Figure 26.2 shows the pelican placed on a swing — it was a simple drag and drop task. A small part of the nearest rope had to be cut and pasted as a new layer so that it could be put in front of the pelican, but that was easily done by using the Magnetic Lasso tool. Where do you want to put the pelican today?

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