Elements: Magic Extractor in version 12?

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Is it true that Magic Extractor is not available on Photoshop Elements 12? I have 11 at home and convinced my boss to buy 12 at work specifically for this feature. What's going on?
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Ross Benton

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Kris Fujiwara

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What's going on? Ross, let me know when you find out... I just upgraded from PSE 9 to 12 because I thought the Magic Extractor would have been even better than it was. Found out that it is gone. Do you know of any other Adobe software with this feature?
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The Magic Extractor was replaced with the modern, non-destructuve "Refine Edge" technology developed in the pro version of Photoshop.

Elements tutorial: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-ele...

The same tutorials for Photoshop below will work in Elements 12:

Advanced Masking with Photoshop CS5 - with Russell Brown

Using Improved Selecting and Masking - with Jan Kabili

REFINE EDGE in Photoshop! Improve Your Selections - with Howard Pinsky
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Why is "Magic Extractor" in Elements 12 is no longer included?.


At first use of Photoshop Elements 12, I was disappointed that the magic extraction is no longer in the program.
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Sepp Stoop

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Thanks for the reply!
Magic Extractor is a tool that is highly appreciated by Photoshop Elements users, they are accustomed to it and it is relatively easy to handle. Unfortunately I'll have to continue using V11 and V12 is worthless to me.
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It will be worth your time to learn Refine Edge and add a non-destructive method to your workflow in the long run.
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CYNTHIA FUSCO

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Where did the image extractor go in PSE 12? Help with Topaz plug-ins, too..


I used the image extractor in PSE 10 and 11 all the time. It is not under the "Image" drop down menu anymore. Does anyone know where it is?

Also, this version is not detecting my Topaz plug-ins. Is there something I need to do?

Please help! Wishing I could go back to old version, but I removed it.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Cynthia, did you install the Topaz plug-in using their latest versions and installers? Please start another thread if you're having trouble with your plug-ins.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled ELEMENTS 12/13: MAGIC EXTRACTOR.

I no longer can use my Elements 11 as it won't work with Yosemite on my Mac. I would consider upgrading to 13 but chose not to upgrade to 12 because you removed the Magic Extractor, a tool that I use all the time. You have not added it back to 13 so I am stuck with a program that I can't use and one that I don't want because an important element is missing.

The work around that you suggested does not work.

Sarah
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bring back magic extractor!!!.

currently running PSE 12 and 10- I only keep 10 because of the magic extractor tool. There are just some things that work much better and faster with this tool. I'd love to buy 14 but the magic extractor is still missing- please either offer a plug in purchase for this or add it back in for PSE 15!
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Not sure about v12-v14, but in v15, for those familiar with the magic extractor tool, the "Quick Selection" tool provides the same basic functionality using the "Add" and "Subtract" toggles as needed while clicking.  After selecting, you can click "Refine Edge" for more options.