This is a stock photo. (attached)
Using Photshop (and I'm really a nubie here) how do I extract a really clean (and by that I mean with VERY clear edges) copy of this.
I'm taking it into SWISH and trying to make the white background transparent, but I keep getting fuzzy edge artifacts around the CD's .
How do I make them sharp in Photoshop first or how do I create a nice clean transparent background so that the edges of the CD's are sharp?
Please be sensitive to the fact that I'm just learning Photoshop
Using the Elliptical Marquee, click and drag to make an ellipse. Since these CDs are perfect circles, you'll want to hold the Shift key while you drag to constrain your ellipse to a circle.
Another modifier key you can use is the Alt key. It allows you to expand/contract the circle from the center instead of from a "corner." You can combine the Shift and Alt modifier keys by holding them down together.
A third modifier key you will find handy is the Space bar. Holding the Space bar allows you to move your selection around.
Remember, you can use these modifier keys together.
Drag and move your selection until your dashed line ("marching ants") are aligned with the edge of your first disc. Once it's just right, release your mouse button. Then hold Ctrl and hit J to make a new layer with the contents of your circle.
Now open your Layers panel (Window>Layers, or hit f7) and click on the "Background" layer. (This is your original image.) Select your second disc and hit Ctrl J again to turn that disc into its own separate layer.
Now you can turn the eyeball off on your "Background" layer and move your two discs around independently.
Hope this helps!