## Extracting foreground objects with the GrabCut algorithm

OpenCV proposes the implementation of another popular algorithm for image segmentation: the
**GrabCut** algorithm. This algorithm is not based on mathematical morphology, but we have presented it here since it shows some similarities in its use with the watershed segmentation algorithm presented earlier in this chapter. GrabCut is computationally more expensive than watershed, but it generally produces more accurate results. It is the best algorithm to use when you want to extract a foreground object in a still image (for example, to cut and paste an object from one picture to another).

The `cv::grabCut`

function is easy to use. You just need to input an image, and label some of its pixels as belonging to the background or to the foreground. Based on this partial labeling, the algorithm will then determine a foreground/background segmentation for the complete image.

One way to specify a partial foreground/background labeling...