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Old 10-30-2010, 12:21 PM
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Re: Blend in Background

You are welcome maverick911!

Thank you for your feedback!!
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Old 10-30-2010, 12:38 PM
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Re: Blend in Background

Great advice as usual Flora.

Blend modes are your friend, Mav. Here's another simply method that doesn't require such precise masking:

1. Place the cutout of your subjects with a normal blend above the background layer.
2. Select just the desired transparent veils. (Quick mask mode will work just fine).
3. CUT selected veils to a new layer. Blend mode: screen. Opacity: to taste.

This is nicely flexible too. For black lace, just change mode to multiply.
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Old 10-30-2010, 12:51 PM
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Hi Lonnie!

Thanks for you kind comment an for the excellent shortcut!!!
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:32 PM
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Thats fantastic Lonnie. I did consider some sort of natural background but dismissed it thinking that it wouldn't work. But looking at what you have done I think it might? What would your approach be if you were doing this one?

Thank you
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:19 PM
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You're most welcome, Mav. I believe a natural background would lend more depth appeal to the photo. Also, slight defocusing (bokeh) is complementary, avoiding competition with the subjects and/or making it look too busy.

Thanks too for your nice comment, Flora.
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:36 AM
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Re: Blend in Background

Flora..explain how your got the detail white/black within the mask for the veil... thanks
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:38 AM
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Flora...visited Milan and Italy last week...had a wonderful time!
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:49 PM
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Flora..explain how your got the detail white/black within the mask for the veil... thanks
  • Working on your Layer mask (you can Alt click on it to see the layer mask only) press Ctrl+L or, depending on your settings, Ctrl+Shift+L to open a Levels dialog box that will affect your layer mask only .. actually the grey areas of your Layer mask..(Attachment 1)
  • In this Levels dialog box moving the sliders to the left will brighten the grey areas decreasing the transparency. In my example I overdid it and that got to no transparency ... Play with the sliders until you have reached the desired result...( Attachment 2)
  • moving the sliders to the right will darken the grey areas increasing the transparency... Play with the sliders until you have reached the desired result... ( Attachment 3)
Attachment 4 = Example of transparency from a mid-dark grey mask
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Flora...visited Milan and Italy last week...had a wonderful time!

So glad to hear that!!!

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Blend modes are your friend, Mav. Here's another simply method that doesn't require such precise masking:
1. Place the cutout of your subjects with a normal blend above the background layer.....
... Still think this is a great tip ... but, when I tried it, I realized that for the 'cutout' you still need accurate, precise masking...
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:03 PM
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Re: Blend in Background

Delightful background Flora
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:56 PM
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... Still think this is a great tip ... but, when I tried it, I realized that for the 'cutout' you still need accurate, precise masking...
It appeared as though Mav had already cut away the original background and placed the subjects on the drape background. That was the 'cutout' that I was referring to. Yes, that would require a precise selection. My method takes it from that point, for which I used no masks at all. I just separated the veil parts by brushing a relatively soft-edged quick mask mode selection of them, then cutting them (CTRL-SHFT-J) to their own layer. Does that clarify, Flora?
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