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Old 09-30-2006, 12:56 PM
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Here is a snapshot taken of my mum, I want to cut her out and paste her onto a different background.

This looks simple enough, I was trying to use Bart's Masking tutorial HERE
It dosen't seems to want to work very well on her hair.

I've attached a small image for you and you can get a larger size by clicking on this LINK

Please post your steps as well
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Old 09-30-2006, 02:00 PM
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Re: Cut out My Mum!

Sometimes we overlook the simple ways to do things...

I extracted your mum using the Quick Mask mode method. Added a background, vignette and shadow.

Actually, I find using the Quick Mask method of extraction relaxing. It's kinda like coloring in a color book and this pose lends itself well to the method. It only took me 10 minutes to complete the job.
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Old 09-30-2006, 02:12 PM
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Re: Cut out My Mum!

I copied Mum to a new layer and used the extract command which did a nice job. I didn't use a mask but Mum is all by herself on the copied layer.
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Old 09-30-2006, 02:41 PM
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Re: Cut out My Mum!

Hey, Phil... Mum looks like an offensive lineman with her elbow sticking out there like that... LOL...
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Old 09-30-2006, 07:52 PM
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Re: Cut out My Mum!

Hi there

I do not have a good background but this will have to do...

Anyway I used the pen to outline what I could. Then filled the selection with white on a red channel copy... I used overlay brushes to get the hair and background separated.

A ctrl click on RGB to load the selection from the red copy.

Duplicated the background and on the duplicate with the selecion active I opened a mask.

Inserted a new background below then refined the mask as needed.

I did not like the flip of hair on the lower left so I masked it out.

Then a photofilter adjustment with a color selected from the back ground to get rid of the green reflection tint and that was it.

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Old 09-30-2006, 08:40 PM
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Re: Cut out My Mum!

The Extract Filter in PS will cut out your mom in 2 minutes.
The harsh lighting seems to accentuate her facial lines. So I used Ro's Degrunge technique to soften the lines a bit.
Regards, Murray
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Old 09-30-2006, 10:58 PM
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Re: Cut out My Mum!

i duped the background layer and erased what i didnt want. near the hair i simply lowered the opacity on the eraser. added a gradient layer beneath this layer. did some fine erasing on the duped layer. did a little darkening around the edges and softened the edges a bit.

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Old 09-30-2006, 11:04 PM
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Re: Cut out My Mum!

I find the best way to drop backgrounds so you can hold the detail is to do it throught you channels.
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Old 10-01-2006, 01:57 AM
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Re: Cut out My Mum!

Because you've got pretty good contrast between figure and background, it's a suitable subject for using the extract filter.

As with all extractions using this method, a little touching up with eraser and history brush was needed, but this was minimal. Took out the stray hairs on her collar as they contributed nothing to the picture.

Had to use the small image, as the link you gave for the larger image did not allow me access.
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Old 10-01-2006, 06:04 AM
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Re: Cut out My Mum!

Hi,
I made a 'Channel' selection using Red and Blue Channels..
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