Isolate An Object From A Complex Background In Photoshop

If you need to pull a person or thing out of an image with a busy background, and you'd like to do it with a minimal amount of fuss, this simple tutorial can help.

Computer tricks blog How-To Geek shares a series of tips on extracting an image from a busy background. If you have a simple extraction to perform, such as a product on a white background, the magic eraser is more than adequate. For more complex jobs, their tutorial using layers and fill channels can help you pull objects off a loud or pattern-filled background.

Check out the link below for a step-by-step guide. For an alternative take on background removal using the Extract filter, check out this previously reviewed guide. For more Photoshop wizardy, check out how to use content-aware spot healing, how to fix uneven skin tones in Photoshop Elements, and our collection of tutorials celebrating Photoshop's 20th birthday from earlier this year.

Remove Complex Backgrounds from Images in Photoshop [How-To Geek]


    Worst Photoshop tutorial ever.

    There are much better ways to cut an object out of an image than they demonstrated.

      Agreed. There are several better tools to use in Photoshop and this example is a destructive edit as well... what about layer masks?!

      Also Agreed. This could be done in almost the same way in MS Paint. Manually erasing the background is hardly tutorial worthy. It would be like a tutorial to remove stubborn dirt from kitchen dishes, and rather than some trick where you add lemon juice to a dishwasher or something, just saying scrub the damn thing till it's clean.

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