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Photoshop help?


toniiixx 5 6 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 6:09PM
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 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 6:15PM
Why not put it in this thread and let people have a go. Smile
toniiixx 5 6 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 6:17PM
oo, i will, thanks =]
toniiixx 5 6 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 6:18PM
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toniiixx 5 6 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 6:19PM
i no it dont look that bad, i just think a colour would make it look better?
User_Removed 11 17.9k 8 Norway
9 Nov 2011 8:52PM
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 Plus
9 445 1 England
9 Nov 2011 11:40PM

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 5 6 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2011 12:18PM
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
17 Nov 2011 4:59PM
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Is 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 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2011 6:58PM
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
17 Nov 2011 7:22PM
img-5253.jpg




A quick go
Paree Plus
10 603 3
17 Nov 2011 8:09PM
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
CathyT 9 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2011 9:02PM
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 Plus
10 603 3
17 Nov 2011 11:17PM
cathy this so lovely
i love the feathers.

paree
CathyT 9 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2011 11:31AM
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

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