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Old 01-20-2010, 10:19 AM
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Even out background

Anybody got any neat tricks for making the background a bit more nice and tidy? And at the same time look real? I would like to keep some of the shadows, and also not too blurry like I did in the middle to the right.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:57 AM
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Re: Even out background

If you want the best results, dodge & burn out the unevenness.
If you're satisfied with a bit lesser good results, use the "Filter"-"Blur"-"Surface Blur", that way you can even out exactly the areas you want and paint them in later with a layer mask.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:52 AM
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Re: Even out background

Replace the whole thing. This was done using the gradient tool set at 40% and foreground to transparent. There are several gradients built up from several different directions. Add some noise (blurred slightly) and a layer mask to bring her back.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:59 AM
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Re: Even out background

Sorry. This might be a bit larger and easier to see.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:21 PM
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Re: Even out background

Thanks for your replies. IMO the gradient might look a bit fake, but with a bit more opacity, maybe in addition to the D&B technique might be my best option (for my limited skills)

Thanks again, cheers!
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:41 AM
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Re: Even out background

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Thanks for your replies. IMO the gradient might look a bit fake, but with a bit more opacity, maybe in addition to the D&B technique might be my best option (for my limited skills)

Thanks again, cheers!
Fake! Fake? I spent 5 minutes on it. Give me 15 and it would "speak to you".

I kid. Good luck. Cheers back!
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:54 AM
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Re: Even out background

hehe sorry for my sloopy lightwork in the studio :-)
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:52 AM
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That's why it rocks to have a studio that you can paint between productions. (well, not for the guy who paints it...)
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:09 AM
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Re: Even out background

well, in the studio I rent, it rocks for the painter too, because he charges the hell out of me for every square meter that I soil.

These days, I'm into the crisp, matte, paper background-look. Lesson for today is to keep it straight :-)
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