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Old Jun 26, 2007, 11:00 AM   #1
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A rather basic question for anyone wanting to answer this one..
Whats the best way in photoshop to remove a person from a photo and place on a different background that looks seamless ?
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I want to apply muslin type backgrounds etc...
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Old Jun 26, 2007, 4:50 PM   #2
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there are various ways , without seeing the image that person needs to be removed from its hard to say, if there is lots of similar tones u could use magic wand, failing that magnetic lasso sometimes works ok or polygon lasso tool.

zoom in and work big and take your time, the beeter u do the more convincing itll look.

i have seen a plug in that was supposed to ease selection of things to be removed from backgrounds but even that wasnt a simple method

if u are shooting the original shot of a person try make sure background is simple then magic wand will do it

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Old Jun 26, 2007, 6:24 PM   #3
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I'd check out Katrin Eismann's Photoshop Masking & Composition book (http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Mask...079&sr=1-1)

I found it really helped for learning with existing photos & she has a pretty good reputation. Shoot, even digging through the first generic chapters really helped!
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Old Jun 26, 2007, 11:41 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help all, it's appreciated !
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Old Jun 27, 2007, 11:25 AM   #5
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here are a few links to tutorials on removing backgrounds, hope they are of some help

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http://www.pegaweb.com/tutorials/sep...background.htm

http://www.basicphotoshop.com/tutz/pstutz33.htm

found this one too

http://www.tutorialstraining.com/cst...ounderaser.htm

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Thanks again folks
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If the new background is in roughly the same colors as the original, the whole process will be *MUCH* easier. It is almost impossible to get all of the original background out (peeking through the hair, high contrast edges, ...). So if the bit peeking through is (e.g.) green, there is less of a problem when the new background is also green - even if it is not exactly the same shade, brightness and/or saturation.
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