Looking for a tool I last used in Cs5 in CC 18

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In older versions of photoshop there was a tool that allowed you to trace part of an image and then cut it out or crop it out. I  used it to take backgrounds out of photos. I cannot remember the name of it now (its been a few years since I used it and a great many updates) but does this exist in PS CC 18? 
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Warren Heaton

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That sounds like the Magnetic Lasso Tool.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/selecting-lasso-tools.html



-Warren
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It's close. It used to open up in a pop-up window and I remember it had like a blue stroke almost like a highlighter around what you outlined. The Magnetic Lasso and magic wand tool are suitable workarounds if nothing else but it's not what I wanted exactly. For all I know it was a tool that got scrapped years ago. 
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Oh, I think you're talking about an old dialog—the Extract Command. It was decided not to port it when we went 64 bit, I think, and they chose to give us other ways to extract. I suggest you look into learning to use the Quick Selection tool and the Select and Mask dialog if you want to extract in Photoshop 2018.

All the other tools, ranging from the erasers (destructive), to lasso tools (for creating masks) and even the Pen tool, still are available, but not the Extract Command.
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YES! That’s it! I’ve been using workarounds and cheating at things for years but I have an Intern now so I wanted to teach them the right way... looks like maybe my workarounds are the right way now.
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Select and Mask — and the Quick Selection tool in either the dialog or the main window — are the right way now. They were the features designed to replace Extract.  '-}  But your workarounds will come in handy for refining, no doubt.
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Hi Kyle,

Are you possibly referring to the patch tool? I think that used to open in a pop-up menu. The patch tool is a content aware feature that allows you to crop something out and replace it.

If that is what you were looking for, and you aren't seeing it in your toolset, scroll to the bottom of your toolbar, select the 3 dots and then Edit Toolbar (Image 1).

Image 1.


You can then bring up the Customize Toolbar menu:

Image 2. 


Restore defaults would bring back the patch tool. It will show up here on the toolbar after restoring defaults:

Image 3.


If that wasn't the tool you were looking for, scrolling through the options in the Customize Toolbar menu (Image 2.) might help jog your memory.

Regards,
Hannah
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Kyle Northrop

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Nothing in the customize toolbar sounds like it and the patch tool isn't it either. I seem to remember you had to access it from the drop-down menus and not the toolbars. 
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What about the "Background eraser tool." You click on a color in he photo and it erases that color only?