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Old 02-05-2007, 05:38 PM
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Re: Isolated subject from background... now what?

Hi maureen,

There should be a slight gradient, black/white going from bottom left to top right. It's reduced to 19% opacity, so is quite subtle and just takes off some of the sterility of a pure white BG.

If you look in the layer stack I posted it should be visible just above the BG layer, and below the shadow layer for the girl.

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Old 02-06-2007, 12:54 AM
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Re: Isolated subject from background... now what?

thanks, maureen

it's a bit of a stinker, isnt it. that lighting is so uneven. you've all done well, but i dont think anyone, including me, has quite hit it yet.
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Old 02-06-2007, 01:42 PM
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Re: Isolated subject from background... now what?

Aubli-

I used the version of your picture with the white background-
I first duplicated the background layer, then did a slight dodge of her foot, selected her from the white background-used drop shadow seperated the shadow layer, used the perspective transformation bit to stretch the shadow behind her then added a guasian blur- finally dropping the shadow layer opacity to about 40% or so. Then I duplicated the untouched background layer again added high pass filter 30%opacity. Added a lighting effect to the retouched layer, dropping it to 60% opacity before merging all of the layers.
I don't know if this is exactly what you were looking for.

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Old 02-09-2007, 08:28 PM
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Re: Isolated subject from background... now what?

Hi, Here's my go.

I removed some artifacts on the white background by repainting it, cleaned up some edges of her suit where it was wrinkled, enlarged her bosom slightly, flattened layers, converted to CMYK mode, adjusted curves for skin tone, converted back to RGB mode, added two omni lights to compensate for the original lighting (one at her face and one at midcalf on her left leg) and saved for web. I used Photoshop 7.0.

What do you think?

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Old 02-11-2007, 12:06 AM
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Re: Isolated subject from background... now what?

I know that it's not a plain background and she is no longer a "Pole" dancer but I thought this would look more natural.. Anyway,... here is my attempt..
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:14 PM
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Re: Isolated subject from background... now what?

Oh, wow... sorry for my long silence, I didn't realize I was still getting replies! Thank you all.

I took a bit of a break from this one and then came back to it. Craig, what you said about extractions retaining all the old shadows really helped -- I went back to my original image and really looked at where the shadows fell. Then I basically tried to recreate them, but with a cleaner overall look.

Since that shadowed leg was being such a pain, I purposefully made my lighting even more spotlight-like in an attempt to work with it rather than fighting it (cause fighting it simply didn't seem to be working!). It was great to see you guys' take on it, and it helped me come back to it again with fresher eyes. Here's what I came up with -- I'd love to hear any more of your thoughts or feedback on how to improve it further.

(edited cause my grammar is terrible, ha!)
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Old 02-12-2007, 06:17 PM
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Re: Isolated subject from background... now what?

aubli,

That is very nice. I really like the placement of your shadow.

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Old 02-12-2007, 08:00 PM
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Re: Isolated subject from background... now what?

I would try the match color tool to be truly honest. I've had a lot of success with that. From there its a matter of putting texture into the background.
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:50 AM
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Re: Isolated subject from background... now what?

Elamdri, are these suggestions for further improvements, or for a redo?

I'm not sure I understand your suggestion about using the color match tool -- do you mean that I should give some slight color cast (based on the original image) to the shadows in my latest edit, to take them away from pure gray? Or are you referring to something else?

And what kind of texture would you suggest? The background does seem a bit flat, but I wonder if I could get away with just adding in a little noise to fix that.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:59 AM
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Re: Isolated subject from background... now what?

And thanks, nomi!

Elamdri, I think I've got it (forgive me, it's morning where I am and I'm feeling a bit sluggish yet ). Were you recommending the color match tool as a way to help with the uneven lighting on the foot? I did try that, with some success -- I think it made the transition in lighting seem less jarring, but wasn't enough to actually make the lighting appear even.
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