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hotchilidamo Jul 28, 2008 10:12 AM

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I've tried to play around with this image to isolate it. I'd like it on a black background or at least to reduce the backgound as much as possible

Can anyone help me out?

VTphotog Jul 28, 2008 11:49 PM

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This is a tough one, as parts of the cat's coat are so close in color to the background. I tried this two ways; first using color replacement tool on the b/g and reducing the brightness, and second, extracting the cat as an object (I use Photoimpact, which is object based, but doing in in Photoshop would be similar using layers). Neither was as successful as I would like. With the original, full-sized picture, and a lot of patience, it could be quite a bit better.

Here is the version with cat as extracted object.

brian

jachol Jul 29, 2008 9:01 AM

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No joy with the whiskers !. LOL ... Jack

hotchilidamo Jul 29, 2008 11:39 AM

Glad its not just me having difficulties with it. Thanks so much for your help. I don't think either are quite there which is a shame because it wasn't easy to get this shot in the first place but I'm not sure of my levels of patience to replicate :)

Reanimator Jul 30, 2008 11:28 AM

i thought brians work did what u wanted, black background, and he did a great job, just wonder where it falls short in what you where wanting??

Gary

musket Jul 30, 2008 4:56 PM

Reanimator wrote:
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i thought brians work did what u wanted, black background, and he did a great job, just wonder where it falls short in what you where wanting??

Gary
Maybe he was looking for a gif file where the background can be the same as the

web page:idea:.........................musket.

hotchilidamo Jul 31, 2008 2:46 AM

You're right, Brian did do an excellent job with it. Sorry if I sounded unappreciative. Its just the bits on the body at the sides that need aren't quite right, but its certainly given me a lot more than I had originally. I'm just being a bit of a perfectionist, its a bad trait at times

Reanimator Jul 31, 2008 3:40 PM

just use a large soft brush in photoshop and reduce the pressure so you get a really soft gradual fade, no you have said that i know what you mean, they need to fade into the background just a little more to loose that edge

Gary

VTphotog Jul 31, 2008 8:48 PM

hotchilidamo wrote:
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You're right, Brian did do an excellent job with it. Sorry if I sounded unappreciative. Its just the bits on the body at the sides that need aren't quite right, but its certainly given me a lot more than I had originally. I'm just being a bit of a perfectionist, its a bad trait at times
I understood, and noticed the same thing, but only after I had posted the edit. Getting the mask just right when there is so little contrast between subject and background can be tough. It probably would have worked better to open the mask out a bit in those areas.

brian

Pictus Aug 5, 2008 9:18 PM

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