When you're isolating or cutting out objects from an image, the method of extraction you should use will depend on the image with which you're working. Clipping Paths work best for objects with hard edges, an Extract filter works best with objects on detailed backgrounds (such as hair or branches), and a layer mask will help with those photos in which there is little contrast between the object and its background.
"Can't I just make a simple selection?" you might wonder. Of course you can! However, if the original image is modified later, selections won't always allow for the changes you want to make. The approaches I'll show you here will provide you with greater flexibility.
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