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Old Feb 16, 2010, 6:03 PM   #1
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Default How do I keep fine detail while changing a background

I'm pretty useless when it comes to editing and keep most things to the very basics or curves, resize and sharpen.

I want to move up a gear or two and been trying to change backgrounds. Where I really struggle is with hair etc.

Here are two samples (100% crops) of my fiancee and me where the background has been changed by our photographer and I would love to learn how to do it. I have both Paintshop Pro X and Photoshop CS3 (I never really tough it as I've been using PSP for so long).

I have permission to post these photos as I bought the entire copyright from him (very cheap to do here in Egypt).

Any advice, hints, tips, tutorials really appreciated.
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Old Feb 16, 2010, 9:41 PM   #2
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Since I don't use either program, I'm just the expert you need (not). I use Photoimpact, and I think PSP is similar in how it is able to extract objects, which is what you ar doing here. The devil is in the details, though, and if PSP uses masking like PI does, you have to get pretty detailed with the mask if, as in your example above, the b/g is close in color to what needs to be extracted.
There have been several threads in the extreme makeover forum on this, and there may be some details on how the b/g was separated.

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Old Feb 17, 2010, 4:57 AM   #3
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Check this out Mark. It sounds exactly what you are looking for.

Aside from the background alteration, he has also used Portrait Pro or Portraiture to remove blemishes and soften wrinkles on the skin.

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