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How to copy objects in an overhead satellite map to a separate layer.

New Here ,
Apr 22, 2020 Apr 22, 2020

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I have an overhead view, taken from Apple Maps, that shows a portion of my community in Naples, FL ( See attached image file.)

I'm looking to use Photoshop Elements 2020 to edit the map image in order to create a separate layer that contains only the outline of the houses.  I could then change the color of individual houses or add house numbers.

Any suggestions on how to go about this?  I know that the contrast between the houses and the backgroud is not great.

 

Thanks,

DaveB

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Apr 22, 2020 Apr 22, 2020

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For some reason, I can't save your attached file.  Can you repost it as an insert to a post, using the marked icon:

Ashampoo_Snap_2020.04.22_14h57m54s_002_.png

I also note that it is a very small file.  Perhaps the upload was corrupted.

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Apr 23, 2020 Apr 23, 2020

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Hi Greg,

I saved this image from a Snagit screen capture made on my MacBook Pro.

I hope you can save the image.

Dave

 

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Apr 22, 2020 Apr 22, 2020

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Are you aware that you are violating the terms of use for Apple Maps?

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Apr 24, 2020 Apr 24, 2020

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The problem with the file attachment is a bug in the forum that hopefully is being worked on.

 

Here is one way to accomplish your desired result.  (I am not going to express an opinion on the legality of what it is you intend to do with the image since you haven't told us.)

  1. Copy the background layer (Ctrl+J)
  2. Select the Magic Wand tool and set the tolerance to 0 and make sure the Contguous box  is unchecked.
  3. Click on one of the houses.  All of them should now be selected.
  4. Press Ctrl+J and a new layer via copy will be created with just the selected houses on the new layer.

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