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Old 10-27-2010, 04:39 AM
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Hi,

please help, I am trying to find out a quick solution on how to deal with the background of the attached image,

I have tried using stamp in different modes and opacity, healing, patching, frequency separation but can't get anywhere with this background...time on the background than on the model.

Thanks a lot for your help!!!

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Old 10-27-2010, 04:54 AM
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Re: Background problem

it can be also due to the background having it's natural gradient created by flash making it difficult to clone
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:28 AM
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Re: Background problem

if you need steps feel free to ask :-)
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:30 AM
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Re: Background problem

sorry i messed something with the reply :-)

try with the backgroud eraser tool- you have to change back and forground colors a few time but it looks ok in the end
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:51 AM
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Re: Background problem

i don't understand what you exactly need but i beleive something like this
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:26 AM
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Re: Background problem

Thanks Lucija, basically I need to clean the background, change the color to warmish leaving the natural light gradient and trees intact,

your selection skills are impressive,

what steps do you take for hair?

Thanks
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:33 AM
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Re: Background problem

1 you make a copy layer
2 make a path and leave space by the hear and other problematic area
3 make selection and copy a new layer
4 select blue background with magic wond, check off contiguous and put feather 3-4
5 now use the background eraser where you selected forground and backgroud color
6 i put a red layer underneath so i can see if there something not right
7 you have to change the background color all the time because it's darker on some places
8 make your original layer active again and change it how you please
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:19 AM
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Talking Re: Background problem

Thanks a lot for help, I will check this method out! I thought you may be using refine edges to get all the little heir selected.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:34 AM
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Re: Background problem

yes, you may use that too, there are a lot of different ways, i found this one today http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=335

but usually i use background eraser- it's simple, you can easy control it, it works successfully in most cases, i love it :-)
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:19 PM
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Re: Background problem

Hello Pixeljar,

It's sometimes easier to recreate parts of a background instead of trying to clean it... If I understand correctly, you just want to get rid of the trees in the upper half of the image. Here's what I did:

Sample background color right above the models RIGHT shoulder (left on your screen).

Make a rectangular selection from the top of the image down to the shoulders and fill a new blank layer with sampled color.

Add noise to match the original background (I used 1% uniform).

Add a hide all mask and using a soft white brush, paint over unwanted tree branches.

To bring back highlights and shadows in the background, I used curves and a bit of d&b on a soft light 50% gray layer.

Hope this helps! :-)
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