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Removing the Background from a Picture in Photoshop Elements 3

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Duplicate the Background and Start Erasing
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The first thing we want to do is duplicate the background layer so we can restore parts of the image if our background removal gets too sloppy. Think of it as a safety net. Make sure your layers palette is showing (Window > Layers) and then click on background in the layers palette and drag it up and drop it onlto the new layer button at the top of the palette. Now you should have background and background copy showing in your layers palette.

Click the eye icon next to the background layer to temporarily hide it.

Select the Magic Eraser tool from the toolbox. (It's under the eraser tool.) In the options bar, set the tolerance to around 35 and uncheck the contiguous box. Now click on the yellow and pink blankets surrounding the baby and watch them disappear as in the image below...

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