I have several photos of these individual stuffed animals and so I will just use one. I am trying to remove the background and the shadows. (I am not sure if I want to have a drop shadow or not.) I have been using the background eraser tool which is working with the knitted edges pretty well, but when I get to the shadows it gets very difficult. I am frustrated because it should be so easy so I appreciate someone taking the time to help me so that I can do this with the other files I have.
I have attached the file that I have added a camera raw filter to. unfortunately I am unable to upload my working file so you can see what I am doing. I appreciate the guidance!
"background eraser tool which is working with the knitted edges pretty well, but when I get to the shadows it gets very difficult."
There are numerous other techniques to remove background. If you are not certain about shadows you can recreate them later. My advice is to use some selection techniques then to mask background using layer mask without deleting content.
Search for help how to use Quick Selection Tool, Lasso Tool, Pen Tool for selections and start using selection techniques to create layer masks although you can use and vector masks if you decide to work with Pen Tool.
I would use the select subject tool and then refine tool to work on the darker shadows. Then I would save mask as new layer. Then come back in with the brush tool on the mask layer to do the delicate areas of dark shadow. Be areful of hte tusk on right side of elephant you may need to use the earser tool on the mask layer to open that area because the subject tool grabs a bit of that side.