Using Extract on a complex object

You may be wondering why the Extract feature is located on the Filter menu. This is because this feature is used not only to isolate objects, but it also filters out background imagery. Let's say you want to extract a woman who has bushy hair—the kind you can see through. Use a larger brush tip and trace on the outside edge of the object you want to extract. If your object has a well-defined edge (even in only a few places), turn on the Smart Highlighting feature. This feature highlights just the edge. It ignores the current brush size and applies a highlight wide enough to cover the edge. In our example, only the woman and her hair will be extracted, not the pieces of sky between individual strands of hair.

FIGURE 7

Layer containing the extracted object

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