how to remove chormatic background with CS2?

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  1. shingfan

    shingfan TPF Noob!

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    say i do a portrait shot of a person with a chormatic background......how can i remove the background "entirely" from the image....including the tiny bit between the hairs..........the difficult part is the tiny part between the hairs....i dont know how to remove them.....please help
     
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    There are several methods to get started...but I usually end up spending some time zoomed in very close and working with a very small brush size.

    I think the important part is using a non destructive technique...so don't erase the background. Use a layer mask so that you can 'paint' it on or off as you go.

    I usually start with either the magnetic lasso, the magic wand or select/color range. It also helps if you use an adjustment layer first, to turn up the contrast between the subject and the background.

    Once I have the selection made, I turn it into a layer mask (on a duplicate layer). Then what I like to do, is to create a color fill layer with an opacity of 30-50% and put that between the layer with the mask and the background. Then I just zoom in and go around the outline with the brush. When it comes to hair, I use a small(ish) brush with soft edges to paint in the mask where the background shows through, then come back with a smaller brush that has harder edges and paint back in the stray strands of hair. It helps to play with the opacity of the brush or choose a tone between black and white for your brush.
     
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    is there a tool in CS2 that allows you to select a certrain "hue/tone" in your image and remove only that particular selection?....like the hue/saturation tool....you can select a certain hue, or color tone in your image and adjust only pixels in that range....if you know what i'm talking about
     
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    Under the 'select' menu, the should be a 'color range' option.
     

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