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  1. THE TRICK TO TRICKY
  2. LIVE PATCHING PREVIEW
  3. ZOOMING ALL YOUR TILED IMAGES AT ONCE
  4. FINDING THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BRUSH TIPS
  5. HOW TO DUPLICATE A COLOR STOP
  6. REMOVING EDGE FRINGE WHEN COLLAGING
  7. CRACKING THE EASTER EGG MYSTERY
  8. SUPERCHARGE YOUR FILTER EFFECTS
  9. UNDO ON A SLIDER!
  10. GETTING TO THE FOLDER OF PHOTOS YOU WANTFAST!
  11. TWO FILES ARE BETTER THAN ONE
  12. RESIZING PATHS THE EASY WAY
  13. THE GAUSSIAN BLUR KEYBOARD SHORTCUT
  14. THE ADVANTAGE OF PHOTO FILTER ADJUSTMENT LAYERS
  15. WHERE TO SET CUSTOM VIEW SIZES
  16. MOVING YOUR IMAGE IN FULL SCREEN MODE
  17. DON'T RANK ITFLAG IT
  18. PHOTO-RETOUCHING SAFETY TIP
  19. PHOTOSHOP'S HIDDEN STEP AND REPEAT
  20. PAUSING FOR A BRUSH PREVIEW
  21. THE UNDOCUMENTED AIRBRUSH TOGGLE TRICK
  22. GIVE MOST ANYTHING A KEYBOARD SHORTCUT
  23. NO MORE UNLOCKING A BACKGROUND COPY
  24. SWAPPING CROP FIELDS
  25. LET THOSE WINDOWS BREATHE!
  26. THE MULTIPLE UNDO SHORTCUT
  27. WANT ARROWHEADS? PHOTOSHOP CAN ADD THEM FOR YOU!
  28. GETTING TO THE FREE TRANSFORM TOOL'S POP-UP LIST
  29. DRAGGING AND DROPPING WHERE YOU WANT
  30. CUSTOM BRUSHES DON'T HAVE TO BE SQUARE ANYMORE
  31. FEATHER A SELECTION WITHOUT THE GUESSING GAME
  32. CREATING A FLATTENED VERSION OF YOUR LAYERED IMAGE
  33. IF IT'S NOT SQUARE, YOU CAN STILL CROP IT
  34. TOP-SECRET PHOTOSHOP SPLASH SCREEN
  35. FALL IN LOVE WITH A TEMPORARY BRUSH, OR NOT
  36. UNDO A SAVE? THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE, ISN'T IT?
  37. MAKE A PHOTOSHOP CLIENT PRESENTATION
  38. CHANGE BRUSH SOFTNESS ON THE FLY
  39. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: SLIDE SHOWS USING PHOTOSHOP
  40. HOW TO CORRECT ONE PROBLEM COLOR
  41. BUILDING A BETTER BACKGROUND ERASER TOOL
  42. GETTING SIDE-BY-SIDE PREVIEWS
  43. CUSTOM BRUSHES: START WITH A CLEAN SLATE
  44. TIMING IS EVERYTHING!
  45. INSTANT THUMBNAIL SIZE CONTROL
  46. BRING UP YOUR LAST PREFERENCE
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BUILDING A BETTER BACKGROUND ERASER TOOL

Here's a tip for making Photoshop's Background Eraser tool much more effective. Choose the Background Eraser tool, and in the Options Bar, lower the Tolerance setting to 20.

In the Brushes palette, pick a large, hard-edged brush. Then, switch to the Pen tool, making sure that the paths icon (middle one at left in the Options Bar) is clicked. Draw a path just outside the edge of the object you want to isolate (you don't have to be precise; in fact, stay just outside the edges of the object and draw straight lines all the way around the image). Go to the Paths palette, and in the palette's pop-down menu, choose Stroke Path. When the dialog appears, under Tool, choose Background Eraser, and click OK. The Background Eraser will instantly trace around your image, following the path you created. Now that the edges have been erased, you can use the regular Eraser tool to erase the rest of the background area.

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