Just curious how you guys extract your images. Which lasso tool do you use? Do you use the magic wand? On average how much time do you say you spend per image extracting?
As for me, I use the polygonal (spelling?) lasso tool. Zoom in about 2 clicks from max, then take it piece by piece. I also stick a solid color layer behind the image, something that will make the remaining parts of the image stand out and allow me to see any mistakes. It usually takes me anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to finish depending on how exact I want it, or the size of the image. Small images are like 30 minutes (we're talking really small), medium sized are around an hour to an hour and a half. Large images are 2 hours or so, give or take a few minutes. Huge images are usually around 3 hours. After i'm done I usually apply a thin black stroke effect to the layer, with a slightly dropped opacity setting. That usually makes it look clean. Then it is ready to go on whatever background I have made.