Photoshop: How do I remove a black background from an image ?

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I try to remove a black background from an image in Adobe Photoshop CS6, magic wand tool, magic eraser tool etc doesn't work since part of the image is black so it removes that bit too.  Here are the screenshots:

Please help me!
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Bob Seydou

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Steve Freeman

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what are your wand settings? tolerance set to 1 or 2, but if the blacks actually do match, you will have to put on your cowboy hat and do some lassoing to unselect the areas. Use a mask so you have more flexibility.
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You could also use a levels adjustments layer to brighten the whole photo immensely and than selecting the image with the select +- until you're satisfied. then remove the adjustment layer and make your copy.
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Bob, there are a host of ways to do this. Everything in Photoshop is based around contrast and you need to do something to increase the contrast between the two dark backgrounds. This can be done by temporarily adjusting colours using layers and channels.

However, sounds to me like you are a bit inexperienced and to help you would take a lot of space here. (I have nothing to do with has excellent tutorials that could help you, but there are several hours of video needed and considerable experimentation after that before you can do this stuff easily (and then, easy is only a relative term).

For now, I think your best strategy is to use quickmask and a soft brush to select the difficult regions. Make sure you save your selections. Then use various area tools to add to your selection until you have what you need. Remember, you can add/subtract from quickmask by using different sized white and black brushes. Again, save your selections as you go so you can always return to a successful one when you mess up.
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I just quoted it "doesn't work since part of the image is black" make sure the black portion of your image through Pen Tool.  You know this is the best way selecting the thing... Or you could try some other ways, a guy shows them in details.