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You guessed it, another digi page! I used the Summer Bright Combo kit by Heidi Williams, of Weeds & Wildflowers Design – it was perfect for these colorful photos!
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Photoshop Tips & Tricks
Technique: Photo Extraction
I’ve been seeing more and more creative uses of photo extraction in digital scrapbooking lately. One of my favorite tricks to see are photos that seem to be popping right out of their frames. On the last page I shared, a bunch of flowers is hanging slightly “out of bounds”. You can see more great examples of this technique here, here and especially here. I plan to show you how to get that effect, but first I will have to explain some basic extraction techniques.
As is usually the case with photoshop, there are many different ways to accomplish this technique. I’m just going to focus on the ways I like to use, but if you do a little research you will be able to find many more !
Part One: Separate the object to be extracted from the background (in today’s example, the object is the hot air balloon that is floating off the top left corner of my page).
Here are my favorite photo extraction tools and techniques:
Once the selection is made, you just want to delete the unwanted areas. If the object to extract is selected, use Shift+Ctrl+I to select the inverse, then click “delete”.
Part Two: Clean up the edges of the extracted object. Chances are, the edges of your extracted object aren’t perfect at this point. I’ve found that the best way to clean them up is to zoom in really close and erase problem areas with a soft-edged round brush.
Don’t be frustrated if your first few attempts at photo extraction are somewhat of a tedious process – after a bit of practice it gets quicker and easier, and you’ll love the results! Have fun with this and check back soon for a tutorial on how to do that cool jumping out of the frame look .