The first step is always to save your original photo under a different name so the original remains unchanged. That way you always have a copy to go back to if you need to start over. Here's a photo of a ginkgo leaf against a black felt background. Once you've saved it to a new file name, you want
to crop your photo to get rid of the excess background. Come in as close as you can to the object - that way your dimensions will be the object itself, not the object plus background.
What if you have a newer version of Photoshop Elements? After version 11, there is no more Magic Extractor. Well, here's an alternative method. After applying the filter, you can remove the background with the eraser tool.
Another alternative to the magic extractor in version 12 and newer is the quick selection tool, although that is more challenging for this image than the eraser.
click & drag over area you want to select. Use the add/subtract tool at the bottom of screen to add/remove additional areas. Then click Refine Edge; adjust the edges as desired. Click “Output To”; select New Document. Go to File, Save As to save & name this new version of your image.
After you have removed the background, save your file again, adding height and width to the file name - this is your original size. This way your file can be adjusted to various sizes depending on the project you have in mind. To resize an image, go to the Image menu and select Resize > Image Size.
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