Before delving into the mysterious world of photography, I started my visual arts career in graphic design and marketing, both freelance and on-staff. One request I became accustomed to was extracting all kinds of objects and people from all kinds of backgrounds and surroundings. Apart from “Make it look awesome,” this seemed to be people’s favorite.
There are many ways to mask and extract objects, and there’s really no “right” way to do it, so long as you find your method of choice effective. However, Aaron Nace of Phlearn (yes, we do seem to love Aaron) gives us an excellent tutorial on making a perfect selection in Photoshop using color channels, magic wand be damned.