QUOTE(user name @ Jun 29 2006, 09:35 AM) [snapback]9342[/snapback]
Is there a free plug-in for PS that can make extracting an image easier. I recently saw a program plug-in that was $150 or so that made it simple to extract an image (no tracing then erasing if needed).
For high resolution images, I use the Magic Wand to remove most of the larger segements of the background, then it's heavy magnification and a small to medium sized eraser depending on the detail of the image to be extracted...hair is usually the MOST difficult part of an image. After I remove all of the background I can see, I apply a stroke (usually a beefy one) to see if there are any stray pixels and I clean them up with the Eraser. Using a Quick Mask to define a path around the image you wish to extract is another way to do this that is essentially the same. Flip in and out of the Quick Mask to see how your pathway is shaping up. Adjusting Levels and looking at the different Channels can give you more solid colors so the Magic Wand can remove large portions of the background for you.
No need to pay for an expensive plugin, that may or may not work, when the tools are there and all you need for the job is patience. (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/winking.gif