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Old 09-12-2008, 09:34 AM
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Question replace missing background

Heres a wonderful photograph. I have no problems correcting the scratches etc, but am having a hard time figuring out how to get the background back. Ive tired various methods but none seem right to me.
Is there anyone that has had this same problem?
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Old 09-12-2008, 09:37 AM
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Re: replace missing background

If you are talking about the parts that are missing inside of the oval, since this is missing completly it will take some creative reconstruction. It can be done, but it may not be exact to the original.
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Old 09-12-2008, 09:58 AM
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Re: replace missing background

yes Dave, the missing part of the photograph within the oval. the rest Im not concerned about. Do you have any suggestions?
I use PSP Photo x2 and have always had issues using magic wand, lasso, and the such, I was thinking if I could get her out of the mess and then create a proper background then clone her back to it?
whats your thoughts?
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Old 09-12-2008, 11:26 AM
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Re: replace missing background

Hi there

Below is a quick fix... I just added some ribbon and hair...along with the arm. Then inserted a new background below.

I increased the size of the young lady but you could fade the bottom into the background if desired.

Not the best but I hope it gives you some ideas.

Butch
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Old 09-12-2008, 12:34 PM
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Re: replace missing background

Wow, Butch. How did you get the background so smooth? What do you have for software?
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Old 09-12-2008, 01:00 PM
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Re: replace missing background

Hi There

I use CS3 but you can use most any photo editing software.

After I added the ribbon, hair, and arm I made a selection of the young girl, re-sized ,and put her on the top layer.

On a new layer below I made a oval selection to isolate that area for the new background.

I sampled the dark color for the original then filled the selection with the brown.

On a new layer above that I sampled the lighter original background layer and added circular gradient.

On another new layer above this I used a smoke brush and the lighter background color to break up and finish the background colors.

I then combined the three layers and added some noise for texture. Then combined this layer.

I now had the cut out girl at the top and just below the new background.

Then on another new layer I selected around the outer oval to select the main card body.

I filled with color and used the texturizer filter, sandstone,for texture.

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Old 09-12-2008, 02:07 PM
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Re: replace missing background

Thank you Butch!
I followed along in most ways.
I first created the background then used texture using straition.
airbrushed the photo in center out using a gray tone
cloned my finished lil girl onto that
then cloned the photo onto the textured background.
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Old 09-12-2008, 06:49 PM
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Re: replace missing background

Good job Kate
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Re: replace missing background

looks good, butch.

and yours, too, kate.

how do you like psp x2, kate?
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:55 AM
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Re: replace missing background

Thanks Butch and Craig, much appreciated. Replacing the background anew was way easier than tring to fix the issues with the original and Im sure they wont notice.

I love the psp photo x2! I am still having difficulties with one technique I used to use.
I have in the past downgraded to windows vista and my old not so impresive program ulead photo express 4.0SE wont work without crashing constantly usually just when the pic is perfect..hehehe.
What I used to do there and cant find out how to on psp is to snag the image in different shapes, like with this I would have used oval, then I can change the background to what ever I choose and attach the snagged photo afterwards, without any sweat or time. Im sure the same can be done with psp, I just cant find it as simple as it was the ulead. Ive written and they aren't going to patch it as they are upgrading to more type programs like the ones I already have
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