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Old challenge with different thinking...
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Lin Evans

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Registered: December 2004
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Just one of the old challenges which I happened on and decided to do differently....

A different way of thinking is what's needed here. Masking fine fur is a nearly impossible task even for tools like Knockout. Since the object is to change the backdrop, why bother with a mask at all?

What I did was create a very quick solid color backdrop of identical dimensions for which any decent backdrop could have been substituted, then did a select all, edit, copy on the backdrop. Next I pulled up the cat photo and simply pasted the backdrop over the original. Next I used the PhotoShop eraser tool to reveal the cats and a slight bit of the original surrounding their outline. Finally, I used a soft brush with low opacity and cloned the background quickly around the outline of the cat. Total time about 15 minutes. This preserves all the original detail of the fur and the soft clone mixes the backdrop color with the trailing edge pixels of the fur. Over all, I think it makes for a much smoother transition and more realistic look without the "cookie cutter" approach of a mask.

· Date: Thu December 30, 2004 · Views: 4132 · Filesize: 29.7kb, 148.9kb · Dimensions: 1800 x 1175 ·
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