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Old 01-24-2011, 10:21 AM
gregdevilliers gregdevilliers is offline
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advice on my cutout

Hey, so I have tried to extract this nut onto a plain background, but it loses three dimensionality.
Any tips?

I used a combination of quick selection tool, refine edges and masks.
It is an easy enough edge, but as I said, it loses a sense of being real and just looks cut out.
Or is it simply a matter of shooting it on a proper black seamless..?

Here is a JPEG of the original

And here, the finished product:

I appreciate any advice

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Old 01-24-2011, 10:38 AM
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Re: advice on my cutout

It's all in the shadows and edges and how they reflected the area the nugget is shot on for since of depth...
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:13 AM
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Re: advice on my cutout

Needs a tighter mask - there is a white halo around most of it!
As already mentioned you need to modify the tones to give the impression it was shot on a black background. Start with the lower hollow space in the middle of the nut which should be more in shadow now that less/no light is being reflected upward from the surface. Feathering the outer edges of the detail within the hollow will help blending.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:45 PM
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Re: advice on my cutout

In your original, the edges of the nut are picking up reflections of the background, as Julianmarsalias mentioned. In order to make it look like it was actually shot on a black background you could try applying a light wrap. Here's a tutorial -
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:47 PM
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Re: advice on my cutout

Thanks to all!

I need to work on my masking, I know...
The lightwrap is great - I need to play with it a bit and get to understand it properly but it is an invaluable tool.

Go well
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