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Auto Selection Brush Tool

 

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Auto Selection Tool


Auto Selection Brush Tool 
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Utilise PaintShop Pro X6/X7/X8/X9’s Smart Selection Brush Tool
Extract An Object From Its Background Using The Magic Wand Tool

This tutorial demonstrates how to extract an object (an apple) from its background using PaintShop Pro X6/X7’s new Auto Selection Brush Tool. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Image I am working with HereUnzip the file and open the image onto Paint Shop Pro’s workspace.

Auto Selection Brush Tool Notes
You can quickly select and object or area in your photo by dragging a Selection Window (Or Bounding Box) around your desired area. The Selection Marquee automatically snaps to the edges it detects making further refinements easy.

Start Image Note
When utilising this Tool (for best results), it’s best to select an image that has a good contrast with its background.

Undo Tip
You can quickly step backwards by tapping Ctrl then Z - (Ctrl then Y steps forward).

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Open PaintShop Pro, and then click the Edit tab found at the top of the workspace.



1/
Open your choice of Start Image onto PaintShop Pro’s workspace; File then Open -
(Ctrl then O).



Tip
Enlarge your Start Image by left-clicking the Maximise tab - illustrated below.



Now you have opened your Start Image onto Paint Shop Pro’s workspace, you are ready for the next step.



2/
Right-click the Apple Image’s Layer, in the Layers Palette. And from the subsequent
drop-down list, click Promote Background Layer - as demonstrated below.



3/
Then from the Left-side Toolbar, activate the following Auto Selection Brush Tool.



And enter the following settings into the upper Tool Options Bar.



Now, left-click over your Apple Image, and then drag out a Rectangular Selection Box as close to the apple as possible - as illustrated below.



Then release the left-mouse button. 
(The Selection will now automatically snap to the object).

Congratulations, you have successfully selected the apple with a Selection Marquee - as illustrated below.



4/
From the top menu, choose Selections and then choose Invert. The Selection Marquee will surround both the apple and the outer border - as illustrated below.



Adjust the Selection Marquee Note
To adjust the Selection Marquee, from the top menu, choose Selections then choose Modify and then choose Expand.



From the subsequent Expand Selection dialogue box, set a Number of pixels value of 1 or 2, and then click OK.
(This will shrink the Selection Marquee, so it closely hugs the apple).



Feather Note
If necessary, you can fade the Selection’s edges: experiment with the Feather settings and discover the best Feather settings for your image’s needs.

5/
Now to remove the apple’s background, from the top menu, choose Edit and then choose Clear - (Alternatively, tap your Delete Key).

Congratulations, you have successfully removed an object from its background.





6/
From the top menu, choose Selections then choose Select None - Ctrl then D.



Tip
If necessary, Crop away any extraneous chessboard background.



Soften Edges Tip
Smooth any rough edges using the Soften Tool.



Set very low Opacity and Hardness settings - around 10 pixels.



7/
Congratulations, you have successfully removed the apple’s background, and
it is now ready to save as a Paint Shop Pro Image File. Alternatively, (first reduce the apple’s size - top menu, then Image then Resize), and from the top menu, choose File then choose Export then choose Picture Tube. And from the subsequent Export Picture Tube dialogue box, enter a unique name for your Apple Picture Tube, then click OK.

Using the same techniques, you can have lots of fun removing your own object’s backgrounds, then incorporating them into your artwork, or
Exporting them as Picture Tubes.
 
Wendi E M Scarth. 
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