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Help - Adobe Photoshop - How to "Lift off" an Image from a digital photo

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Help - Adobe Photoshop - How to "Lift off" an Image from a digital photo

Hi - I am trying to cut out or "lift off" an image from a digital photo of a girl with moose antlers on her head from the rest of the crowd.
I do not want a simple square cut/ copy/ paste, but rather the entire person with no other background/ side images. Is there an easier way than to trim/ trace the person's outline?? I thought there was a way to just select some of the green area and all of the green area would get copied to a new image file, then select the antlers, her arms and face, etc...

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I am using Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 and Photoshop CS2 v9.0 but I cannot seem to find out how to do it or what this tool/ procedure is called.
Any ideas??
Thanks.

PS - I also have MS Picture It v7.0but I don't think you can do this.
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Send me the pic (full rez) and i can do it for you right now. MSN: douglas.rl AT rogers DOT com
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Use the extract filter in Photoshop CS2. Trace around the edge of her with the brush tool, and then fill in the part you want with the paint bucket.
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you could use the magic wand too...you'll prolly have to add/subtract some selections tho
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JimG wrote:Use the extract filter in Photoshop CS2. Trace around the edge of her with the brush tool, and then fill in the part you want with the paint bucket.
I tried this but it didn't work for me. I used the Highlight Brush to brush over the part I wanted but then I couldn't select OK to complete the editing ("OK" was greyed out).

What "trace" tool am I suppose to use?

Geez - I hate being a "backyard editor"!! I saw a promo video on Adobe PS before buying it and they made it seem so simple to do this! But I don't find this program very user friendly or intuative. I thought that in there would be simpler way to just lift images out of a larger image print...
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Silver Bullet wrote:Send me the pic (full rez) and i can do it for you right now. MSN: douglas.rl AT rogers DOT com
Hey Silver - Did you get my email with the pic??
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Mepoor wrote:I tried this but it didn't work for me. I used the Highlight Brush to brush over the part I wanted but then I couldn't select OK to complete the editing ("OK" was greyed out).

What "trace" tool am I suppose to use?

Geez - I hate being a "backyard editor"!! I saw a promo video on Adobe PS before buying it and they made it seem so simple to do this! But I don't find this program very user friendly or intuative. I thought that in there would be simpler way to just lift images out of a larger image print...
You're using it wrong. Use the highlight too to trace the edges of the area you want to retain. Once you've sketched an enclosed area, use the fill tool to fill in the area you want to keep, then you'll be able to click OK. PS will search for edges in the highlighted area, so the smaller the brush you use, the better extraction you'll get. It takes less than a minute to do.
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Photoshop is not smart enough (yet) to be able to cut out images like this well with little user intervention, you will need to either use extract filter (I think it sucks) or learn to use the lasso tool and (postive/neg selection methods).
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