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Select objects with the Background Eraser

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General, by The Photoshop Creative Team
September 23, 2011

The next time you need to make an accurate selection, give the Background Eraser tool a go. Issue 79 has a fantastic guide on how it works

When making tricky selections, a lot of us will reach for the Pen tool or a dedicated selection tool. But the next time you are up against blurred edges and hazy detail, pay a visit to the Background Eraser. Issue 79 includes a guide to what the tool does, how the options work and what you need to do to make selections with it. Here’s a taster…

To create masks from subjects cut out using the tool, you’ll need to go manual. You’ll notice when you begin painting with the tool that Photoshop will turn the locked Background layer into an editable one. A way to see how well the tool is doing is to place a blank white layer at the bottom of the stack. That way, any missed areas of colour that haven’t been removed will show up. When completed, select the cutout subject by Ctrl/Cmd-clicking on the layer’s thumbnail and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection.