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Old 07-03-2012, 10:32 AM
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Selecting Hair from a busy background?

Could you select this lovely girl from the busy background and include some of the whispiness of her hair??

Many tutorials teach you with plain backgrounds, which is easy..what about busy backgrounds?

Good Luck and let us know how you did it??
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:13 PM
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Re: Selecting Hair from a busy background?

There isn't enough information around the wispy areas. You'll have to repaint them for the most part, even if you're just painting in where you want wisps on the mask and then repairing as necessary.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:08 PM
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Re: Selecting Hair from a busy background?

I agree, but sorry for the delay... I would like to see if someone could cut her out from this background and put on a bright green background... I have tried, but no luck
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:17 PM
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Re: Selecting Hair from a busy background?

You're probably not looking at it the right way. You have to fully remove the background, and none of that will return. Beyond that point the edge softness has to be maintained or restored to match the appropriate level of focus. Note how the hair is going out of focus toward the back. This can probably be done via further mask refinement even though it will encroach slightly. You have little hope for some of those wisps given the detail there. If I was doing it I'd probably use the original as kind of a stencil to pain them with whatever brush into the mask, or i'd redraw them entirely. Beyond that you'd have to adjust the borders to receive influence from the new background and make sure your subject sits there. If it's a bright green that's obviously off key with the rest of the palette, it becomes obvious that they don't exist within the same lighting range, and this photo is likely to look flat. I could go on with this. It's not as difficult as you might think, but most people do a horrendous job. There are typically a few gotchas when you get into the detailing, and sometimes you have to try different things to get border hairs just right.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:22 AM
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Re: Selecting Hair from a busy background?

I'd use Kav's approach. Any sort of automasking usually results in loads of tidying up broken hairs or removing background colour spill. If you draw the hairs (not as onerous as you may think on this girl) be sure to follow the existing strand characteristics and work in 3 layers to maintain the correct focus eg - draw them all on the same layer, make three duplicates, blur each layer to different softness to simulate focal depth and then use layer masking to hide or show the different planes as her hair follows the curve of her head. You can also use the smudge brush set to 1 or 2 pixels to create strands. Depends on the size of the output really.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:19 PM
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Re: Selecting Hair from a busy background?

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I agree, but sorry for the delay... I would like to see if someone could cut her out from this background and put on a bright green background... I have tried, but no luck
What program are u using?
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