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Tutorial - Extracting Images by larafairie-stock Tutorial - Extracting Images by larafairie-stock
An intermediate tutorial on how to extract your images. This is a must know for photo manipulators, I hope you find it useful.
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kittycatmanga Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Thanks! i'll try it out soon :]
goofygrape Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very good tut,it me helped a lot thanks!
GeneratedClouds Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Thank you. Just used this one, was very helpful :D
Xolaroid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
A good technique for any budding photomanipulater.
I must ask though, why do you always insist on JPEG? what is wrong with TIFF format or something like that?
disturbing-the-weed Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009   Photographer
no need to worry now, i have just discovered that adobe decided to scrap the Extract Plug-In for CS4 (along with a number of other plug-ins) but they can be downloaded from adobe, just google extract plugin and the download page comes up straight away, hope this is handy for anyone else who hasnt realised!
disturbing-the-weed Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009   Photographer
hey this might seem really weird but I dont have the 'Filter > Extract' Plug-In :S I am using Photoshop CS4, does it not have this plug-in or am i missing something?
bugunderherfeet Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I only have CS3 but I often use either the pen tool or the magnetic lasso tool to do my extractions for me. It's not as good on hair though, so I often use the extraction filter purely for loose hair. It doesn't always do the trick, but it helps.
Nikki-1986 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist

I need to know everything
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
This is real useful even for someone who does 3d.

redravern Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
this is going to be a great help thanks
Natashaestelle Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
i like cutting by masking better its kinda more convenient. teehee

i love the tutorial anyway :aww:
Drakkarius Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
great tut i have see that filter and i never used >.> now im going to use it always. something that you didnt said is that in extract mode if you use smart highlighting is much easier to extract cuz that find the edges.
theLostBeeGee Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
OMFG, thank you so much!!! I've been using the magic wand tool in photoshop for this, and it always takes forever to do; I always have to mess with the tolerance and whatnot. >.< (cutting out a picture of Friedrich Nietzsche took three freaking hours, man! it wasn't cool.)

I am totally faving this. :+fav:

thanks, again! :aww:
BeraChan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nothing happens when I paste it...why is that?
popxrocksxandxcoke Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
I can't copy paste:(
xachromanticx Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Sorry to leave two comments, but I figured it out, so it's all good. Thanks again :hug:
xachromanticx Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Thank-you so much for the tutorial. My boyfriend has tried (in vain) to explain how to extract images to me, but he always goes through it way too fast. So it was nice to see this :) It didn't work for me though, I did the extracting and copied and pasted the background but the original image wasn't placed on the background. Guess I'll just have to keep trying ^_^
Bloody-Falcon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Thanx this will come in handy :)
MurderAngel Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007  Student General Artist
thank you very is very useful :D
saphirasflight Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
rubber tool? aka?
kaylakamikaze Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
i tried this tutorial & it extracted it great, but when i go to paste the extracted image onto a different background, nothing happens.?

how is it i copy & paste it?
i tried the ctrl+c, & ctrl+v
Beebums Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Wow, using photoshop for 10 years now, and this is something I didn't already know. Thanks so much, this is so much easier and cleaner than how I was doing it already! :-D
LadyWednesday Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Do you know if this would work in GIMP too?
LadyWednesday Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
Thank you soooooo much, i'm just getting into photo manipulation and this was very helpful, thanks again!
Phrazey Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007   Digital Artist
I found it very useful thanks for sharing :)
korn91313 Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
Pen tool is much more precise. But this works too
dirachan669 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
LarissaFae Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
Excellent . . . most excellent . . . Much better than the way I was doing it before. :hug: Thank you, sweetie! ^_^
markymark386 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
Thank you very much for that tutorial...
It's really very effective....
FloatingAiko Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
Heh, so many years in photoshop, yet I didn't know that trick with Filter>Extract :), I've done everything with eraser and my friend magic wand :). Thanks!
sharmd88 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006  Student General Artist
thanks babe it was really really helpful!
KeichiSukichi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006
Thank you so much for this tutorial! This helps a lot!
Dabriel Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
I love your tutes!!!

thanks Lara!

absence-is-steel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2006   Photographer
This is amazing...I was wondering! Thanks!
x-missworld-x Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006
thx for the tutorial :)
Natara Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
I've been wondering for a long time how to extract images and put them on another picture. Thank you for the tutorial!
ahaynes106 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2006
Hmmm....I never tried the extract/highlight tool. Thanks for the tip. Will have to give it a go. :)
lovex3spell Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006   Photographer
Oooo... Thank you! :D I have been trying to figure out how to do this. *hehe* Thanks a lot. :) But how would I resize the image once I paste it into the background? (Sorry if it's a stupid question. I don't exactly understand how to use Photoshop. :()
bittersweet-insanity Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2006  Student
:( I don't have an "Extract" under the Filter menu, must be the Photoshop version I have....
larafairie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2006  Professional Photographer
I have version 7, what is it you have?
bittersweet-insanity Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2006  Student
I have 6, but I found an update. :)
sabz3003 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2006
thanks, i'd been trying to figure this out for ages.

i did try it out, and i could do till the extract bit. but how come i cannot copy and paste the image that i just extracted??? :(
larafairie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2006  Professional Photographer
It should work - I use this all the time.
rainevalentine Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006   Digital Artist
Thanks for this..I normally use Paint Shop Pro 9 thought I did install Photoshop CS2 too....this is a much better way for me to extract images!~ Kinda new to this kinda stuff. *Huggies* :floating:
RustedSanity Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2006
Heh, I always use this tool. It amuses me when people call themselves graphic designers and such, because they simply make fan art and only use eraser etc.
I'm sorry if I sound mean now aswell ><
d-zy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
:D yes it is useful
thanks a lot!!
siky Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005
it's a GREAT help for me...thank u very much... :aww:
stockwatcher Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005
thanks your tutorials helped me heaps.
it is so much easier to understand when you write it in english indtead of the jubberish they write of photoshop
thanks heaps
you have no idea how much it means to me
Angel-Soul Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much :aww:
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