Photoshop Tools  Magnetic Lasso & Quick Mask

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For images that have a more complex background a Magnetic Lasso gives you more control over your selection.

Click and hold the Lasso Tool and slide down to Magnetic Lasso.


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Click on an area of the border and move your mouse around the edge of the shape.


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Select the Quick Mask Tool from the Tool list. Use the Eraser to erase the transparent color from the object. Use the Brush tool to cover over areas of the background you don't want as part of your selection. You can change the size of the Brush and Eraser in Brush Size.


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Click Standard Mode to view your selection, you'll see the moving dotted lines called Marching Ants. Copy and Paste the selected item in a new document or onto another image.


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Creating a new document, File > New


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Paste the selection onto the new document.


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Throw out the Background in the Layers Window by draging the layer to the little trash can in the bottom right of the window. The background will appear as a gray and white cherker pattern. Select File>Save As and change the Format to PNG.


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