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If you Google search 'PSE tutorials' lots of stuff will show up that might help and there quite a number of good books available as well.
Personally, I find photoshop's quick select tool to be more than adequate for what I need.
See under the "compatibility" tab.
It seems they have a deal going, purchase before 10-20-10 and you can get 20% off if you use the code word "Enhanced" when ordering. Hard to beat that. I might even take advantage of that deal myself.
Based on skimming their tutorial, it looks like you just put markers on your image to help the software determine what selection you want: one type of marker for parts your want; and another for other types you do not want. When you have enough markers in the right spots, you get your foreground image removed. I assume the more difficult the selection you want is to single out from the background, the more markers that you will need.
I haven't been able to use this software because the install doesn't appear to work on 64-bit versions of PhotoShop 5. It also doesn't seem to work on my old PhotoShop 3.0 install. I have asked the developer if he plans to support 64 bit PS any time soon. You'll notice on the developers web site that the cost of the product is $49US, but on Oct 27, Bits-du-Jour (a site that offers discounts on software that last usually just 1-day), will have EZelect for: $19US
(I am not sure if this link will work; you might need to register on the Bit-du-Jour site to see this page)
I hope this helps and if you or anyone else does try EZlect, please post here to let me know if it works well for you. Thanks.
I have been working with another program that was made available at a great discount over at BitsDuJour - Helicon Filter 5 - a multi-featured image editor.
The previous version, V4, is free, but you will need to get V5 (paid version) if you want the Photoshop Selection Plugin.
I use Photoshop Elements 9 on a Win 7 Professional 64 bit system and the program works fine.
Setting up selections is very easy - all i need do is to "paint" the areas I want removed - save the result - exit back into Photoshop Elements - and then finish my editing.
You can give it a test run and see what you think.
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