Extracting Hair from the Backgrounda Tricky Task

Figure 4.15

The Threshold window with a preview of the results in the image window

Figure 4.15

The Threshold window with a preview of the results in the image window

Masking out and extracting a portrait of a woman with cascading hair or a tree with a maze of branches are difficult tasks even for professional digital editors. You'll have more success if there is a good degree of contrast between objects you wish to extract and the background. You can tackle this task relatively simply by using the Fuzzy Select tool (Magic Wand) and the Select by Color tool. However, you may have to prepare your image first by increasing the contrast. Finding the correct tool (and tool options) requires practice; you'll soon get a feel for it. The next sections will give you insight into the use of these select tools.

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Although we usually tend to think of the digital camera as the best thing since sliced bread, there are both pros and cons with its use. Nothing is available on the market that does not have both a good and a bad side, but the key is to weigh the good against the bad in order to come up with the best of both worlds.

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