It seems like a lot of people have an idea for a stick template or other random art piece, and instantly find a need to cut out the character from the image. Lets get serious people… the magic wand and eraser are not meant to cut out art. Instead, use the Pen tool. It’s easier, mistakes are easily reversed, and you’re basically left clicking over and over rather than dragging a mouse around a high res image that your computer cannot handle. If you know how to play Connect-the-Dots, you can do this.
With a little filter magic, your crappy screen capture can be made into a nice template or wallpaper with a nicer looking image than when you started.
Hope this tutorial helps a lot of you, and inspires more to experiment with the infinite possibilities Photoshop programs have to offer.