I have just tried several times and I cant seem to get enough contrast in the image to start making a mask without ruining the detail in the hair. I have tried using levels, Apply, Channel mixer with the same results. Flora could you possibly run through the method that you used.
There are many ways of going about making the selection. If I can find a good channel to work with, I'll start there.
On a copy of the blue channel, I did gross selections of the extranious background areas and filled with white (yes.. white because I'm going to inverse this whole thing when I am done, but it's just easier for me to work with black details.) Use a black brush and paint in the basic shape, but leave the hair tendrils alone.
NOW I run Levels. You can see on my mask sample that I pulled whites and midtones way to the left. Adjust the midtone slider to get a pretty good representation of the hair tendrils. You can leave some gray in there to help the blending and soften the edges for the whispy look.
After doing the Levels adjustment, I Invert the blue copy mask. Use a white brush to paint out the water in the lower right. At this point I may use the Dodge/Burn tools to refine the definitions of the tendrils.
Apply the mask to a copy of your Background layer. Adjust the mask as necessary. Sometimes adding a slight gaussian blur to the mask helps, other times not. Just depends on resolution you are working in.
thanks for your kindness!
I basically created my Mask as Dee Dee did ... but since I had taken the snapshots already I'm going to post it anyway ...
* Selected the blue Channel.
* Selected around the bride, inverted the selection anf filled it with white. (Attachment 1)
* Used the Levels to increase contrast .... (Attachment 2)
TIP: Use the midtone slider in the process to smoothen the transition and avoid eliminating precious details...
* Refined the mask using:
1) a semisoft edged brush set to Overlay (Tip from Katrin Eismann's Book on masking) (Opacity 20-40%) and carefully painted black on the fine strands of hair and white around them.
2) a semisoft edged black brush brush to fill the few light spots inside the selection. (Attachment 3)
* Inverted the mask and lightly blurred it. (Attachment 4)
(Attachment 5) is how the hair will look after applying the mask against a flat coloured background.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for your kind comments. Please do not adjust your monitor. You are quite right it’s my bad mask that caused the green hair.
My picture really was not intended as anything more than to show you a different background.
What I actually did with the skin started as an accident. I applied Neat Image to reduce the noise and had my settings wrong. I liked the effect so I left it in.
Neat Image is a free program available here
If you want to do the skin properly there are two good tutorials below along with another on masks by Flora.
Also have a look at the bottom of this page. There are five links to other related threads.
I did some editing in photoshop using layers and highlight/shadow and some blur on the background to draw attention to her..plus a little on her to smooth her skin out some.
Instead of masking the bride, I tried adjusted color channels and levels individually, and then ran a little softener across the photo, and this is the end result.
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