Photoshop's Extract command can be quite useful for removing objects from backgrounds, particularly objects that might otherwise be too complex to easily select with the selection tools. For example, suppose I wanted to extract my daughter from the background in the following image.
Although I might use the selection tools to painstakingly try to draw the selection, the Extract command can make the whole process a bit easier because you can work and rework the edges of the selection as much as necessary until you get it perfect.
To use the Extract command to remove an object from a complex background, first make sure the file you want to edit is open in Photoshop. If you're working with a layered file, make sure the layer from which you want to extract an object is active in the Layers palette. Then follow these steps:
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