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Old 09-13-2007, 06:29 PM
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Red face Can anyone improve this photo?

Hi, I was wondering if anyone would like to play with this photo a bit. I would like the background removed, something plain with no one in it.

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Old 09-13-2007, 06:37 PM
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Re: Can anyone improve this photo?

Looks like the transparency is set too high....cause I can't see the picture...
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Old 09-13-2007, 06:52 PM
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Re: Can anyone improve this photo?

Sorry I had it too large
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:43 PM
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Re: Can anyone improve this photo?

Now it is too small...

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Old 09-13-2007, 07:56 PM
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Re: Can anyone improve this photo?

Ill just direct link it.

532*800
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...efamily/NL.jpg

According to Shutterfly at 320*240 is 97 KB and it says that it has to be 100 KB or less.
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:09 PM
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Re: Can anyone improve this photo?

Much better. I gave it a shot at the smaller size, though. Just selected the young man and put a background behind him that graduates from the green of the lawn to the gray of the building.

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Old 09-13-2007, 08:29 PM
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Re: Can anyone improve this photo?

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According to Shutterfly at 320*240 is 97 KB and it says that it has to be 100 KB or less.
This, of course, is incorrect. Pixel dimension and file size are not directly related. File size is determined primarily by image format: TIF, BMP, GIF, JPEG, etc., some of which use adjustable compression algorithms that will result in file sizes that can vary greatly. An 800*600px image saved as JPEG with moderate compression can generally easily fit the file size limit here at RetouchPRO (100KB) and still retain adequate quality for the purposes of this forum.
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:32 PM
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Re: Can anyone improve this photo?

Maybe a different location.

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Old 09-15-2007, 01:52 PM
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Re: Can anyone improve this photo?

Thank you DCobb and Juergen D, I really appreciate your fixes .

Would you mind explaining to me how you do this on PSP 7 ?

Thanks!
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Old 09-15-2007, 03:51 PM
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Re: Can anyone improve this photo?

I removed the background by selecting the young man and placing him on a new layer. The selection can be done with the Lasso Tool. Since I am not familiar with Paint Shop Pro, I found a tutorial, which explains the process very nicely. It even goes into masking, which is not necessary in this case.

http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/pai...bpsp_3leaf.htm

Once the selection was done, I placed a new, blank layer underneath and filled it with a gradient, using the colors of the grass and the building. Of course, the new background can be anything. You could even go back and re-shoot the building when there are no people present and use it as background.

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