Topaz Remask plug-in

 

I’ve tried CS4’s extract plug-in (why it’s even a plug-in is baffling) and multiple CS4 tutorials using layer masks, etc.  I found both to be complicated and quite tedious ways to extract the background, as well as left a lot of detail behind.   So I checked out the Topaz Remask.

 

  Long story short, it works like a charm; it is user-friendly, quick, easy to navigate, and captures the details.  My only con:  For some reason I cannot use my Wacom pen/tablet.  Maybe there’s a fix out there?  But I am good for now. My next project:  Extract a beautiful graduation photo from a very tacky “high school pictures” background (why they just don’t use black, I’ll never know).  I’ve heard CS5’s extract is quite improved but I don’t feel the extra $$$ to upgrade is justified  .

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