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More Fun with Photoshop

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 11 November 2007 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Well, first you need a decent image :)

I have had PS Elements around forever, but I seldom used it as I had CS. However, when my desktop went down (by the way, it's back and running fine) I turned to Elements which is on my laptop. On that program I found something called "Magic Extractor." What a nifty tool!

It is really a pain in the neck extracting a portion of an image in Photoshop. Cutting in on something as delicate as this gull with a 2 pixel brush takes time, lots of time.

Magic Extractor allows you to just click a few points on the object you want. You then use another tool and click a few points on the area you want to delete. You then click a "preview" button and go pour yourself a cup off coffee. The compter does the rest. Miraculous in my book!

You can select any size brush you want from rough to very fine. In this case I used 2 pixels to get a lot of detail on the edges. The results pretty well speak for themselves.

It is not something you would use every day, but it sure is good to have and to know how to use.

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Gary from United States

This image certainly catches your eye. Good job!

12 Nov 2007 12:04am

badala from Leiria, Portugal

This looks almost surreal. Great job!

12 Nov 2007 6:14pm

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

The conceptual basis of this is truly fantastic John! Love it!! Seems even more like a piece of Jonathon Livingston Seagull.

12 Nov 2007 11:41pm

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

VeryVery Cool John...bright and happy, gotta try that tool

13 Nov 2007 1:14am

Craiger from Vacaville, California, United States

Vibrant and bold! Good work!

13 Nov 2007 9:20am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

The result is certainly striking. Masking is not something I've had a lot of success with and I'm too impatient to do it. This did a pretty fair job.

13 Nov 2007 2:47pm

@Laurie: Fair? Fair! LOL! Hey, it was my first stab at it.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

LOL!!! I meant "Fair" in the most complimentary way! You made it sound really easy the way you described it. I was thinking of my few failed and frustrating attempts in CS2 when I typed that. I'm properly jealous. :-D

15 Nov 2007 6:15pm

1/640 second
ISO 800
300 mm