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Effortlessly create a selection from your extraction

Added on Monday 10th of October 2005 02:56 am EST


Adobe Photoshop 7/CS

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Photoshop, Extract, Selection, Isolate, Image


The Extract filter is great for extracting an object from its background. But, what if you just need to create a complex selection, but don’t need to remove the background? We’ll show you how you can use the Extract filter to do this.


To set up your layers for making the selection:

1.          Launch Photoshop and open a flattened image that contains an area you want to select.

2.          Select the Background layer from the Layers palette, and then duplicate the layer.

3.          Turn off the visibility for the background layer.


Extract your image

With the Background Copy layer active, choose Filter > Extract, and then use the steps we described in the article “Easily separate an object from its background with the Extract filter” to extract your object from its background. After you extract your image, your Layers palette should look similar to Figure A.



Make the selection

Next, we’ll create and save a selection from our extracted image. With the Background Copy layer still active: