This is easy enough to do. But can be very time consuming to do it proper. It is also quite hard to have to think about how to explain this in text, which is probably harder then actually extracting a subject from its back ground, lol!
This is for anyone who has Paintshop software and not Photoshop! Photoshop has an extract tool, which is actually a lot easier and faster as well as a cleaner background.
Because Paintshop is a lot more messy to do, I crop the image right down to the subject. Making sure I don’t crop anything away that you need in the subject. To do that, you select the crop tool. Most tools are on the left side vertical in your screen.
In Paintshop, you also have an eraser tool on the left side. If you go over the different symbols it should highlight what they are. You select the background eraser tool. I also found, that if I need to zoom in or out of the image, I need to select the hand tool on the left side for the zoom tool to appear on the horizontal line above your work on the monitor. Zoom in first as much as you need to. Making sure you can still recognize the definition lines and you don’t accidentally erase out parts of the subject. Make sure you save your work in png and not jpg and keep saving it, in case your software crashes and you haven’t lost all that hard work only to do it again.
Once you have removed all of the background, you should be left with something like a chess board, with your subject resting on it. This means that it has no background and if you see any spots, do your best to erase it, as this will show up on another photograph when you come to layer it!
Now you have cleaned it all up and have your subject.
Open the picture you want for the subject to go on. Making sure you can see both images together. Click once one the subject image to select it. This will then show up in the layer box, which is on the bottom right of your screen.
You should have a list of headings, such as; Materials, Mixer, History, Script output, Overview, and Layers! Click on the double box to maximise it if it doesn’t show up.
I am also very happy if anyone would like to add any additional information to this journal so that others may benefit from your own expertise!
If you have your layer box showing, your subject should be in the layer box.
Now go over with your mouse on the image in your layer box and then left click on that image, most important, holding your mouse down, you are holding the image with your mouse. Now drag it over to the background photograph, still holding the mouse down until the symbol on your arrow changes to a rectangle and then you can release the mouse. By doing that you have now placed the subject onto your new background. You can repeat this exercise as often as you wish. Have a go and see what I mean, for that is the only way to learn after all!
Now you have your subject onto its new background, you can close the picture of the subject that you have created having saved it in png first of course for future use if you require.
You probably need to change the size of the subject to make it look a part of its new background? To do this, you need the Pick tool! Which is a white arrow on the left side under the pan tool, the white hand. You have two tools in the box of the Pick tool, the other is a Move tool. Select the Pick tool, because, this will change the scale of your subject. Now you’ve selected that tool, you will notice a box around your subject. This box has little boxes on the corners and the centre of each line. Place your mouse over one of the corners of the box holding the left mouse button down, you can now drag it any direction you like. Making the subject smaller or even bigger depending on what you want? Once you are happy with that, you can place the subject in position, by moving the Pick tool in the middle of the box a sort of X or cross should appear. Hold the left side button of the mouse down and drag the subject to any position you would like in your picture. When you have finally finished. Go into Layer on top of your screen and click on it. Layer > Merge > Merge All (Flatten)!
Now save your new work in jpg, and that is it!
Additional information!
When you use tools. Above, you will find you have further controls to select how you want your tool to behave. Do you need a hard effect or a soft and subtle? This is true for the background eraser and other things. Look at them, experiment and see what it does? You soon learn to be in control of your tools that way.

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