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Different Background Removal Tools
In a previous tutorial, we described how to use the Background Eraser to remove the background of a digital photograph. If patient, that tool can give some very good results, but it can be very time-consuming, especially if you want to extract objects from several different photos. Another way to remove the background in a digital photo in PhotoPlus X3 is to use the Extraction Tool. This tutorial will focus on that latter option and walk through an example of its usage.
For those just starting out, the Extraction Tool may seem a lot more complicated in principle than the Background Eraser. However, with some practice, the Extraction Tool generally makes quicker work of the background removal process and gives cleaner results. So, it's definitely worthwhile to take the time and learn how to use it.
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Use this tool to trace the edges of the object you want to extract. You may need to adjust the brush size of the tool – you can do this in the Tool Options section on the right side of the window after you select the Edge Marker.
Note that you don't have to outline the object in one fell swoop. You can take your time, starting and stopping your edge tracing as often as you like. You can also select the edges of multiple items if you want to extract more than one object.
While tracing the edges with the Edge Marker, you may want to stop from time to time to use the Pan tool to reposition your image. This way, you can zoom in close while tracing and don't need the entire object in your screen view.
If you make a mistake while tracing, you can select the Edge Eraser tool to remove any markings made with the Edge Marker.