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toniiixx
toniiixx  4 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 - 6:09 PM

i just learnt how to change a photos background,

I have a photo of a baby and the background is their kitchen so im tried changing it to a colour, but it ust looks so fake

is there a way of making it look

...less fake?

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BigRick
BigRick  92085 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 6:15 PM

Why not put it in this thread and let people have a go. Smile

toniiixx
toniiixx  4 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 - 6:17 PM

oo, i will, thanks =]

toniiixx
toniiixx  4 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 - 6:18 PM

img-5253.jpg

toniiixx
toniiixx  4 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 - 6:19 PM

i no it dont look that bad, i just think a colour would make it look better?

User_Removed
9 Nov 2011 - 8:52 PM

Forgive me but... a little thought before pressing the shutter would have saved a lot of 'grief' here.


Quote: i no it dont look that bad, i just think a colour would make it look better?


It's not good - and changing it's 'colour' is not going to help.
Smile

Yes- what you have - it can be saved if you have the post-production skills but... I would advise carrying a suitably 'bland' piece of cloth with you in your bag for the next time - and have Mum/Dad (et al) hold it up behind the subject before talking the shot.

GPTek
GPTek e2 Member 8437 forum postsGPTek vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 11:40 PM


Quote: Forgive me but... a little thought before pressing the shutter would have saved a lot of 'grief' here.

Agree with Mike - you gotta look around the viewfider not just at the subject Smile

But here's a quick bash in photoshop


img-5253-2.jpg


Rather than replace the b/g I added a 2nd layer with heavy gaussian blur (probably too much) to give less dof, masked the subject and f/g back to sharp (needs more care than I've used!) - flattened, added a heavy vignette by simply using the lens correction filter. Took about 5 mins but you could take longer and more care

HTH

Geoff

toniiixx
toniiixx  4 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2011 - 12:18 PM

thanks mike thats a great idea, i will do that in future.

And Geoff, thanks so much for that that looks better even with the blur i will try that out!

thankyou

neilblkrex
17 Nov 2011 - 4:59 PM

img-5253---baby-pp---copy.jpgIs img-5253---baby-pp---copy.jpg

Don't know how I've got two of her Toni, but she's worth it.

My first go at adding a photo, got a little confused. Neil

BigRick
BigRick  92085 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2011 - 6:58 PM

you have the right effect, although a lot more time would be needed when making the background selection for it to be effective, as you seem to have cut off the babies right ear, lol Tongue.... the other option that everyone has of course, is to take a small sheet of green screen with them, then when you get home, it is nice and easy to put any background you want in. Smile

Last Modified By BigRick at 17 Nov 2011 - 6:58 PM
popeyebilly
17 Nov 2011 - 7:22 PM

img-5253.jpg


A quick go

Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2011 - 8:09 PM

baby-finish-1.jpg

i find a easier and sometimes smother way to cut
an image,
is to cut it with a large margin and then use the eraser tone to smooth it down,

a darker background usually makes life easier
as well

i also desaturated the image a little

Last Modified By Paree at 17 Nov 2011 - 8:11 PM
CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87276 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2011 - 9:02 PM

baby-small.jpg

Used the refine edge tool is CS5 then added a background to the background. Added a feather foreground then added a white surround, sharpen for web.

Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2011 - 11:17 PM

cathy this so lovely
i love the feathers.

paree

CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87276 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2011 - 11:31 AM

Thanks Paree, I should probably have spent more time on the feathers on the LHS but its enough for that OP to get some ideas. The 'refine edge' tool makes all the difference when selecting the hair but I think its only on CS5 and above.Sad

Last Modified By CathyT at 18 Nov 2011 - 11:31 AM

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