How to extract leaf textures with Photoshop

When it comes to extracting vegetation textures, clean edges and speed-to-pipeline are what it’s all about. A good way to boost speed without sacrificing quality when creating your cutouts, is to use Photoshop’s Quick Select and Refine Edge combo: Together, they're capable of saving you time, not to mention pennies – mastering these two could save you the cost of a plug-in.

The combo's efficiency lies in how they complement each other: A 'thinking' tool, the Quick Selection tool lets you brush to select. It then roughly calculates what to include or discard as you go, adjusting your selection accordingly by finding similarities surrounding your stroke before excluding non-matching edges. You then brush to refine your selection.

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