Tough background removal - need advice

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  1. Arkanjel Imaging

    Arkanjel Imaging No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I really like this shot I got over the weekend. But I want to replace the background. Im kind of perplexed on how to seperate the tiger from the background and keep his fur outline and wiskers. I would greatly appreciate any advice on techniques that might be workable.

    Thanks for looking. ;)

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    not related to your question... however that kid almost looks ghost like, kinda cool!
     
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    I have little experience in that kind of work, but I know that Mask Pro by OnOne Software could manage that in a minute or two.
     
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    I will have to look into that, thanks. :thumbup:

    Its kind of comical the what with the kid in the background and the tigers ice-grill. I think it has a lot more potential with a different backing though.

    Edit: I wish I knew how to get a hold of that kids family. Im sure they would get a kick out of it.
     
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    I like to use mask pro or liquid mask in a new layer then convert it to a mask and blur a little to remove some artifacts...
     
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    In Photoshop I tired getting a great deal of contrast between the cat and the background but the tones are to close to get good seperation for masking.
    Sorry.
     
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    This was the best i could come up with....

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    thats a big cat......great detail in the photo
     
  9. Arkanjel Imaging

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    Thanks. Yeah, thats why I want to do something cool with it.

    JamieR: I had something about like that (a little better) but thats not going to cut the mustard. I used darken and multiply brushes to blend in where my black background got close and it still looked like doo-doo. It looked like a weird drop shadow. :meh:

    I shoot a lot of wildlife so I really need to learn a technique or two for this and add them to my arsenal. Ive located a copy of Mask Pro but have not installed it yet. Maybe tonight. :thumbup:
     
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    *grumbles* Finagling Mask Pro wasn't easy to do; the result I got was less than satisfactory, however, I'm betting in the original you have more pixels to work with (which is the problem I'm having; I can't feed it enough information to work accurately).
     
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    Hi,

    You can check the Refine Edge tutorial in this link at the bottom left of the page.
    Ron Bigelow Videos

    Thanks,
     
  12. Arkanjel Imaging

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    Well crap. Apparently Mask Pro does not play well with CS4 yet. I guess Ill have to wait for a patch. :grumpy:


    Thanks for the link!
     

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