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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques by Dan Ablan, Ben Willmore

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The Background Eraser

Hiding under the normal Eraser tool is a special version known as the Background Eraser. Click and hold down the Eraser tool until you see a drop-down menu—the Background Eraser is the middle tool shown in that menu (Figure 9.103). When you move your cursor over an image, the Background Eraser gives you a round brush with a crosshair in the middle. When you click and drag the Background Eraser on the image, Photoshop watches the color under the crosshair and deletes everything within the circle that’s similar to that color (Figure 9.104). Trace near the edge of the object you want to keep. It’s okay if the circular part of the cursor overlaps the subject. Just don’t let the crosshair hit the subject; otherwise, Photoshop ...

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