Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with the Background Eraser tool, part of Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depth.
You may not have thought of using an Eraser tool to help you make a selection,…but the Background Eraser tool, which is located here in the toolbox, can come…in handy when you want to isolate a complex foreground object, like these leaves…and stems from the background.…The way the tool works is that it samples whatever color you click on underneath…the crosshair, and then it erases similar colors and tones within the…circumference of the brush tip.…So, if I click right here, I'm sampling blue, and I'm erasing pixels inside…of that circumference that are similar in color and tone to the blue one which I clicked.…
So if I click and drag, I'm continuously sampling colors from the sky and…erasing similar colors and tones within the circumference of this brush.…I'm going to revert to bring all that back by going to the File menu…and choosing Revert.…Before I actually use this tool on this image, I want to set some of its options.…First, I'll go to the Sampling options.…I'm going to leave Sampling set to Continuous, so that as I move the Brush tool,…
- Understanding the when and why of making selections
- Combining and transforming selections
- Selecting fine detail with Refine Edge
- Capturing soft and hard edges in one selection
- Understanding the relationship of selections to masks
- Removing color fringe around selections
- Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
- Working with the Color Range command
- Selecting with the Pen tool and paths
- Making easy selections with the Quick Selection tool
- Working with Refine Mask
- Sharing selections between images
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Why Make Selections?
2. Selection Basics
3. Modifying Selections
4. Refining Selections
5. Geometric Selection Methods
6. Drawing Selection Methods
7. Tonal and Color Selection Methods
8. Using Image Properties to Select
9. Saving Selections
10. Working in Quick Mask Mode
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