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help! Urgent photoshop background technique needed.

janeez Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2009 12:50AM
OK, so I make no bones of the fact that I am no fan of photoshop but I urgently need help with a background.

Did a portrait shoot last saturday and got some very nice images with a black ground. client has asked for an outside background to be put into the images instead. ( long and unusual story/situation involved). So, problem is, I have nice portraits and have nice backgrounds, trees etc, but cannot get the two together. She wants the images for friday and I am really struggling to get it right. Currently working with CS2 or elements 5. Easy step by step instructions would be greatly appreciated.

Thankyou, thankyou,thankyou from the bottom of my camera bag!


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f8 14 9.2k 22 England
7 Oct 2009 1:34AM
Try this link
RogBrown 11 3.1k 10 England
7 Oct 2009 1:28PM
Load both images into Elements. Position the portrait layer above the b/g layer. Use the Magic Wand Tool to select the black b/g in the portrait. Hit Delete. Job done!
NikLG 12 1.7k England
7 Oct 2009 3:13PM
Agree to the above, but for more fine control, do the same in CS2 and paint out the parts you don't want with a mask layer. That way it's non-destructible so you can fiddle with it a lot more to get the desired effect.
10 Oct 2009 12:05AM
Perhaps as above (RogBrown) plus feather or refine edges so it doesn't look too stuck together? That's not to say the suggestion by NikLG isn't the best but If your a beginner like myself the first suggestion may be the easiest
kaybee 13 5.7k 25 Scotland
10 Oct 2009 9:50AM
Time ........... that is the thing you need to remember.
There is no 'quick fix' it just takes time no matter what method you use
Be prepared to lose your hair as you tear it out (especially if there is fly away hair on the model)

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