ACDSee Photo Editor: Extracting Images

ACDSee Photo Editor is a popular photo editing suite, which allows you to create interesting keepsakes including greetings cards and business cards. The software also makes it possible to touch up your photographs and make them look much more professional. Photo touch up tasks are very simple when using this software.

Anyone using images on web sites might want to find a way of extracting the subject from the background. By extracting the image, you are cutting it away from the background. This means that it can be placed on top of any web site, and the background will be transparent. Extracting the image also makes it easy to remove confusing backgrounds.

Step 1: Opening the Image

Start by opening the image in ACDSee Photo Editor by launching the application. Then, click File, Open and select the file that you want to open. With the picture open, you can then zoom out so that you can see the whole thing.

Step 2: Saving the Image

You will now need to save a copy of the image in a format which supports transparency. Click on File, Save As, and then choose a PNG file. PNG is a type of image file which supports transparent backgrounds.

Step 3: Cropping

Take the time to crop the image to remove any parts that you don't want to appear. If you are isolating the subject, then crop as close to the subject as possible. This will make it much easier to extract the image.

Step 4: Object Paths

Display the Object Paths window by clicking on "View" "Object Palette". There is a white mask on the side of this dialog box; double click on this to select and activate it.

At the bottom right of the object palette window, you will see a row of small buttons. Click on the button to edit the mask. This allows you to edit what is visible.

Step 5: Editing the Mask

With the edit mask mode selected, you should then select the black paintbrush tool. Reduce the hardness of the brush to make it much less harsh. Start with the brush with a size of around 40 px. Then, set the opacity to 100%.

Use the brush to carefully draw around the subject leaving a small border. As you are doing this, you should see a series of gray and white squares behind; this simply means that the background is transparent.

Step 6: Touching up

The previous step will leave you with a rough outline of the shape. Now, you should zoom right in so that you can see a small part of the image. Reduce the size of the brush so that you can be much more accurate. You can work at removing even more of the background.

Rather than holding the brush down all the time, it is much easier to work in small sections. This makes it possible to undo any mistakes by hitting Control and Z.

Step 7: Saving the Finished Image

When you are happy with the extracted image, you can then save it. The image can then be used in any of your projects as needed.