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Okay - that's more impressive - and easier to understand. Will have another go!
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If i am extracting someone from a background i often use layer masks and the Colour Selection option under the Select menu, can be tricky to get right first time, even second and third time but persistence pays off eventually. The history brush comes in useful for bringing back some lost detail. I rarely select images, or parts of, with selection tools anymore.
I never thought of using masking (mainly cause I never understood it), however, just had a quick play. Amazing! I can see this being very useful in many diffierent ways.
I've heard of but never used masking for the same reason as David.
Does anyone know where I might find a (free) tutorial please?
There's one here on ePz - it's a bit long in the tooth but it's still of some use. Much like it's author really.
. . . any older and it would have been written in Latin!
Masks are the best....
The CS5 extract is very good - for some pictures. Watched Stuwhitt's suggested tutorial twice but still the tool doesn't do a very good job when luminosity of image and background are too similar (hope luminosity is what I meant.... darkness and lightness...) Have an image of people against trees with light coming through.... just doesn't work whatever I do. Back to the pen for that!
Try this, he´s a bit nutty though!Link
Dont forget that if you decide to manually paint a mask as opposed to using the quick select tool as in the tutorial, you can still use CS5's Refine Mask tool to refine the masks edges.
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