Removing a person from their background.

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  1. mjda

    mjda TPF Noob!

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    Hello everyone! My name is Micheal, and I'm new to these forums. This is actually my first post. What I'm wondering is how I would go about removing a background from a personal photograph. Also, is it easier to do if I hang a white sheet or something in the background of my photos? Any tips are greatly appreciated.

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  2. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hi Mjda, welcome to the forum.

    The question you are asking is easy but the actual application is tough to pull off with precision. You would have better luck searching under tutorials with google or you could check in the digital section here.

    Here is one technique to get you started (there are hundreds)...
    http://ryanesaki.com/blog/2007/01/2...reate-a-perfect-selection-using-the-pen-tool/

    Be aware the hair and translucent objects are a different matter altogether and will need a different technique.
     
  3. mjda

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    Thanks for your reply, but I'm really looking for a more professional way of doing it. I've tried the magic want tool, and the pen tool, but neither of them deliver very good results.
     
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    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    The pen tool absolutely can deliver very good results. If you are having problems, then you just need more practice. It's not something that should be done in 5 minutes. You need patience no matter what technique you use.

    Here is another technique that you might find easier.

    http://av.adobe.com/russellbrown/AdvancedMasking.mov
     
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    If you're using photoshop, try the Extract Filter. It can produce excellent results.
    Dunno why it's in filters though.
     

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