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  1. PNA

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    As you can see, along the top of the photo the outline of the roses is very poor and sharp. I put the background in a layer using the magic wand at 25 and feather radius at 5 and painted it black.

    What do I need to blend the background layer with the roses and not get the sharpness/halo in the outline????

    Thanks for any help.......

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    this is going to seem like a silly question... but why not just shoot it with a black backdrop?

    sorry, but i'm not taht good at ps to help u :(
     
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    I would use a layer mask and a soft brush to touch up the edges.
     
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    As "Remi M" suggested. Use the roses as a layer, modify the image, [contract] by, say 3 pixels, feather by say 1 pixel, inverse and delete. Trust this makes sense. I use an APPLE, but should be the same on PC.
     
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    That would have been the very smart thing to do, but now it's too late. The photo was shot a month ago.

    Philip....I followed you suggestions and this is what I got....


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    I can post the original in jpg and let you have a shot at it. It's orignally in NEF.

    Thanks for the help!
     
  6. midnitejam

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    acsonpg, I'm not clear as to what you are trying to accomplish.
    If you're trying to select a clean cutout in order to copy/paste it onto a background, you should be using another method of selection. Nothing beats the pen tool for accuracy. If you still have the original, there is a really dramatic way to accomplish getting your roses on the black background. If you're interrested, I'll create a tutorial for you. I hope you don't mind my taking the liberty of editing your image.

    If you want to clean up a less-than-accurate selection, it's not really difficult. Here's an example of cleanup....
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    1. Dupe the original layer
    2. Create a new layer. Move it below the duped layer. Fill the new layer with black
    3. Make the duped layer active.
    4. Select the pen tool. Make a selection of the halo and some of the black background that surrounds it.
    5. Feather the selection (I used 1 pixel on this image)
    6. Press delete key to delete the selected area.

    "The Pen Tool Rules!"
     
  7. Philip Weir

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    It looks like you "expanded" not contracted, as the exact opposite occurred, but it's definitely the simplist way to do it. Post it if you like and I will have a go at it. Philip.:mrgreen:
     
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    It looks like you "expanded" not contracted, as the exact opposite occurred, but it's definitely the simplist way to do it. Post it if you like and I will have a go at it. Philip.:mrgreen:
     
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    It looks like you "expanded" not contracted, as the exact opposite occurred, but it's definitely the simplist way to do it. Post it if you like and I will have a go at it. Philip.:mrgreen:
     
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    It looks like you "expanded" not contracted, but post the original if you like and I'll go through it for you. Philip.
     
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    Phillip, your method of fixing this image is a great solution and it cuts way down on the work flow. I prefer your method.

    PS: acsonpg, I forgot to mention how lovely your image is.
     
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    Here’s the original…….they were for my wife on our anniversary.

    Please OTE, I still can’t seem to get it right. And thanks for the comments and help.



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