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Old Jan 13, 2007, 2:43 PM   #1
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Hi,
What is the best technique for extracting someone from a portrait and placing them on a new background ?

I am using Elements 5.0

I've heard that it's best to photograph the original portrait against a white background as it makes for easier extraction, but what if the person is not against a white or single coloured background ?

The person has whispy hair

I would like to know the tools to use and their settings.

Thanks for your help
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Old Jan 13, 2007, 8:24 PM   #2
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The person has whispy hair

I would like to know the tools to use and their settings.
This can be done, if one has the patience of a saint, and an awful lot of time. You would have to use the mask brush tool set to a very small radius to brush in the fine parts, unless there is a lot of contrast between the hair and the background.

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Old Jan 14, 2007, 2:52 PM   #3
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Try using the polygonal lasso tool.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 2:59 PM   #4
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PSE 5.0 has the Magic Extractor off the Image pull down. It allows you to indicate what you want and don't want.
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The [glow=aqua]Magic Extractor[/glow] is truly magical!
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... I've heard that it's best to photograph the original portrait against a white background as it makes for easier extraction, but what if the person is not against a white or single coloured background ? ...
It is best to shoot against a background that is as close as possible to the new background, e.g., shoot against a white background if the new background is snowy.
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Old Mar 13, 2007, 7:43 AM   #7
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there is a plugin for photoshop called snap that does it........i assume itll work with elements too

www.digitalfilmtools.com/snap

i use it its very good

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Do a search on google and type in rusell brown.
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