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Old Mar 5, 2008, 11:23 AM   #1
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I am starting to do portraits and was wondering what the best portrait background software is? What is most recommended when using a blue screen or green screen? Can anyone share their knowledge and experience and help guide me to good software? Thanks……….Kevin
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Old Mar 6, 2008, 3:14 PM   #2
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hi

id recomend photoshop, but it can take some getting to grips with

there is a plugin called primatte from digital anarchy www.digitalanarchy.com

they also do one that generates backgounds too

the only drawback is they are not cheap....!! but as ever u can try before u buy



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Old Mar 6, 2008, 3:46 PM   #3
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Thank you Gary, I will go over and check it out right now.

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Old Mar 6, 2008, 4:13 PM   #4
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there may be tutorials here to do what u want for free

http://www.pixel2life.com/tutorials/adobe_photoshop/

if u shoot against fixed colour background you can use magic want to remove the background, its a tool in photoshop,you can adjust how selective it is,then just open and image and place it on a new layer below the model, its not too hard to do, whats hard is making it realistic looking

photoshop elements (cheaper version) should be able to let u do all this too

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When using the magic wand tool (in whatever software) to remove the background, I have found that the best background is one that, at least in part, matches the substitute background. Examples: white background when a snow scene is to be substituted; green/brown for forest; blue/white for sky; ...

That is most important if you are using a shot of someone with wind-blown hair in the foreground. Or anything else with lots of fine detail overlaying the background
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Old Mar 8, 2008, 2:10 AM   #6
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Thank you again Gary. I have been trying this approach since you suggested it and so far so good. I need some pratice but it is working. Thanks for your help and suggestions.:-)
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Great tip BillDrew. Thank you. That makes a lot of sense and will save a lot of time on corrections. :-)
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