I have some strange (to me) occurrences while using the 'selection tool'...
I'm using PSE11 on a Win 7 (64) PC.
What I want to do is to create a new pic from an existing pic. The existing pic's background is unsuitable for what I want. But the FG is what I need. I thought that selecting the FG object and placing it into a new pic would be what I needed using the <quick selection tool>.
To do this, I am trying to use the <quick selection tool>. I've had varying degrees of success using it. One main thing I don't understand & pretty much renders my task useless, is the fact that whenever I use <refine edge> so that I can refine my edge selection, my pic is immediately lost or taken away. Since I have no idea as to what's happening, I am forced to close the pic (W/O saving changes, of course) & then re-opening the pic. All's well until I use the <refine edge> button again, then, my pic disappears AGAIN!
There are a few more details about this <selection tool> that I'm muddy on. Is there something where I can read more about its use? I would love to know more, but how? Where?
I am not a constant user of PSE, rather, I only use it on occasions. Normally, I use its scanning features. I may play around with a few other features, but I also know that PSE offers many other powerful features, I rarely, if ever, use.
There are many selection tool and way to extract a subject. There are more way in Photoshop then in Photoshop Elements you should ask over in the Elements forum to get answers suitable for elements users. You may get answers here that are not possible to use in Elements. Photoshop Elements
Thanx so much for all the valuable info!
Since I can no longer "move" the original post, I'll simply re-post it in the "Photoshop for Beginners" forum.