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New to the forum and PSP XI

New to the forum and PSP XI

New to the forum and PSP XI

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I do not know if this is the right users group for me as I am not a "professional" software programmer or designer, but I am looking for a group to ask questions of ,and learn from,in regard to the use of PSP XI. I am a new user to Paint Shop pro in general - the first version I have ever used is XI. I chose it because it seems a lot more intuitive than the photoshop programs I tried out, and a lot less expensive.  I even found photoshop elements difficult to use - I just don't "think" the same way Adobe's designers do. In any event, I am looking for some help in accomplishing a specific task. I use the background eraser tool to isolate an item in a picture. I want to then save that isolated item as a new picture. However, when I do, it also saves all the grey and white checkerboard areas that used to be the background. How do I save just the part I isolated?

RE: New to the forum and PSP XI

Welcome to the forum RP. You've come to the right place even if it does take us a couple of days to respond!

There are a couple of ways (or more) to accomplish what you want. When you have erased all the background use the selection tool on the tool box on the left, picking the magic wand. Click on the erased background and hopefully if you've done it properly you should end up with 'marching ants' round your object. Click again on the areas it's missed to get all of it. Next go to Selections and choose invert. This will then select your object and you can copy it (ctrl C) then go to Edit, Paste as New Image. Then save.

You could have started by using the lasso selection tool (on the same button as the magic wand) and chosen smart edge select. Then draw round the object you want to isolate. After that follow all the directions above from Copy.

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