Extracting in Photoshop By Matt Kloskowski

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Photoshop instructor Matt Kloskowski uses this course to cover the fundamentals of making an extraction in Photoshop and placing that extraction into a new background

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Compare the extract tool to other selection tools and start using the edge highlighter tool
Take a look at the progress of your selection and view the current selection in front of different backgrounds
Erasing the excess edge highlights and using the history brush tool
Here are a couple of extra steps to make your extraction believable in the replacement background
Using the textured image option to help make a cleaner extraction
Using the background eraser tool to take care of small areas left over from the original background
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Matt Kloskowski


Matt is the Vice President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world....

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  1. Profile photo of Patricia Patricia

    Just found out the extract tool does not exist in CS6. Wasted time watching an outdated video.

  2. Profile photo of jzucker jzucker

    dunno if it’s just me but the video is way ahead of the voice description by 10-15 seconds.

  3. Profile photo of MaryMcClain MaryMcClain

    I can’t find the extract tool in my photoshop CS5 under the filter menu. Can you help me? Thank you!

  4. Profile photo of sharon@shapecut.com.au sharon@shapecut.com.au

    The audio and video are so out of sync it”s very confusing and very disappointing that you have not responded to the other people.

  5. Profile photo of Calvin Juelfs Calvin Juelfs

    How old is this?? Is this relevant for CC??

    1. Profile photo of jzucker jzucker

      it’s barely relevant but the extract tool was completely redone as a refine edge tool. Only a few concepts are similar. The video has technical problems.

  6. Profile photo of Eric Schweitzer Eric Schweitzer

    This course confused me because there are numerous disconnects between the audio and video.

    It would also help to know what version of Photoshop is used.

  7. Profile photo of brunok brunok

    I am not sure if the course helped me at all. I started learning Photoshop using Photoshop CS56 and now Photoshop CS6. The course used an old version of Photoshop with some Tools and Filters that are not existent any longer in Photoshop CS5 or CS6. I believe the core Extracting basis of the course should have been updated or added onto for the new Photoshop versions.

    I feel like I just got pick-pocketed by now getting any use out of the course. Please specify which version of Software(s) had been used for the preparation of the course.

    I wanted to rent as trial to get a feel of what on offers, I am not sure if I should try some of the others photoshop courses which I was targeting for my skill improvements. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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