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Old 12-04-2009, 01:11 AM
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Hello members of RetouchPro
First of all I want to state that I am very new to photoshop cs4, so excuse me for being a noob at this. This image was taken by a photographer using a black backdrop . I used the extract filter to remove the black background. ( very time consuming because the subject had black hair and i didn't know what method to use). My problem now is that the dress had areas of see through so now those areas remain black. I don't know of any method to remove the blackened areas. I have two photos atached. The first is the original (black background) the second is my attempt to remove it, but it still has blackened areas. I need anyone with knowledge to either guide me or point to a tutorial if its even possible.

http://img704.imageshack.us/i/123123r1000.jpg/
http://img704.imageshack.us/i/123123r1002.jpg/

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Old 12-04-2009, 10:49 PM
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Re: Restoring colore of this dress, black backdrop

Askavenger,
Welcome to RetouchPro by the way.

One thought....
-convert to CMYK;
-select just the K channel (cmd-4);
-select the bleed through using Select>Color Range; adjust fuziness until you get enough;
-remove the non-bleed areas on this selection, such as hair, skin;
-save selection;
-go back to composite (cmd-~), apply selection, add an adjustment layer of your choice, i.e. hue/sat.;
-adjust as you desire.

You may have to play with the fuziness to get the range right, but it seemed to work fine for me during a play session.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:36 PM
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Re: Restoring colore of this dress, black backdrop

I would first invert, remove white (using Mac's filter), invert back & blend with original masking some darker spots.
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:09 AM
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Re: Restoring colore of this dress, black backdrop

Thanks for the reply. Wow i dont even know what CMYK is. I will google this and get back with the results on sunday. Im working for the next two days.
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:18 AM
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Re: Restoring color of this dress, black backdrop

Chillin that is a fantastic result. Did you use the first or second image to get that result? The steps you have listed might be easy for someone with experience but for me its all shady. Let me see if i have the steps correct.
1.select the entire image and invert, delete the white
2. select entire image and invert black
3. Blend with original masking some darker spots?
I dont understand the last step. Can you explain that a bit further
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:09 AM
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Re: Restoring color of this dress, black backdrop

LOL, Thanks Chillin for jogging this old brain...

I use eliminate black and eliminate white all the time and as obvious as it is I just plain didn't associate this photo!

Eliminate Black

Eliminate White


Originally found and discussed here:Eliminate It! Three free filters for removing backgrounds

used eliminate black
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:37 AM
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Re: Restoring color of this dress, black backdrop

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3. Blend with original masking some darker spots?
I dont understand the last step. Can you explain that a bit further
You need to bring "the dark colors" back where there is no transparency & a bit where there is.
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:34 AM
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I would first invert, remove white (using Mac's filter), invert back & blend with original masking some darker spots.
Using the method above I came up with the following results and I still don't know how to go about the last step "blend with original masking"?

http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/9...ovewhite02.jpg

Here is what i did
1. Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Invert
2. Filter > Transparency > remove white
3. Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Invert
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:55 PM
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The last step-bring some of the original back.
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:56 AM
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Re: Restoring color of this dress, black backdrop

for a quick solution i would just use background eraser tool, protect forground (magenta), background black
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