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Old 04-03-2009, 06:53 AM
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Re: cut form background


sorry to get back so late but I've been doing a lot of travelling in this past week...

Originally Posted by jvr View Post

Do you know a way to "merge" the Normal and both Multiply layers to keep the subject in just one transparent layer?

I'm always afraid to give clients the retouch in more than one layer. Then can do a mess with it.
... Right ... Why not provide them with a few variations of the finished product?

Originally Posted by jvr View Post
No. When you use "normal" and "multiply" layers, merging doesn't work fine.
The white borders you remove with the use of "multiply", are back when you merge the layers.
Yep! ... This is because what I used here is an unconventional way of selecting based on Layers' Blending Modes ... Sooo, if you have to give the selection on transparency you'll have to use one of the traditional methods, often, having to compromise on the result ...

I've been 'experimenting' a bit ... (didn't want to lose the flyaway hair) and found a way which worked rather well on this image (might not work at all with other pictures..) and here it is:


  • Duplicated the Blue Channel (strongest contrast) to use as mask.
  • Inverted the duplicate and used Levels (globally and selectively) on it to increase contrast.
  • Refined the mask using fuzzy black and white brushes (set to Overlay - Opacity 40-70%)
  • Copied my selection and pasted it on a new blank layer.
(Attachment 1) my mask

The mask/selection had captured the flyaway hair which showed nearly white against a dark background ... (Attachment 2)

Adjusting Selection

  • Working on my 'selection only Layer' I created a Levels Adjustment Layer to darken the flyaway hair and added a Selective Color Adjustment Layer to brighten up the colour of the darkened hair. (Clipping Mask for both of them) (Attachment 3)
(Attachment 24) my result.

Hope this helps...
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