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Video:Adobe Photoshop Extract Filter

with Don Schechter

You don't have to be a professional Graphic artist to learn how to Use the Adobe Photoshop extract filter to design interesting patterns and artistic effects.See Transcript

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Transcript:Adobe Photoshop Extract Filter

Hi. I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing.

Today, I am going to show you a great filter in Adobe Photoshop CS 2 called the Extract Filter. This filter allows you to very easily isolate parts of an image.

Before You Use the Photoshop Extract Filter

First, open up Adobe Photoshop. Go to File, Open, and choose your picture. I am going to make a duplicate of the background layer just in case I make a mistake.

Go up to filter and then choose extract.

My goal is to extract one of the leaves of the pattern. The extract filter provides a highlighter which we will use to define the edges of the leaf.

Photoshop Extract Filter and the Highlight Tool

On the top left is the highlighter tool. It is already activated.

Photoshop Extract Filter and the Brush Tool

On the right of the picture are options for the size of the brush, the color of the brush, and the color of the fill, which we will get to in a moment.

For now, I will just pick a brush size. Smart highlighting should be used if you are highlighting a well-defined edge.

How to Use the Photoshop Extract Filter

Now I will go over to the leaf and start drawing around the leaf. If you need to draw a straight line, hold the shift button down.

If you make a mistake you can go up to the eraser and erase any part of the highlight. To make my life easier, I am going to click on the zoom tool and zoom in.

I will go back to the highlighter and start again. Now I need to go over to the fill tool, located under the highlighter and fill in the leaf.

Preview Photoshop Extract Filter

I can preview the extraction by clicking on the preview button.

If you're not happy with the results, hold down the Option key. The Cancel button will turn into a Reset button. If you are satisfied, click OK.

As with record, this might take a minute. Wait a few moments and it will be ready.

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