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Replacing a background

DannoM 12 58 England
10 Sep 2009 7:26PM
i have a portrait that i want to replace the messy background with a black background. How do i do this without making it look fake? is it possible. I have photoshop CS2.

many thanks
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
10 Sep 2009 7:56PM
Reckon you'll find wat your looking for Here in the techniques section.
DannoM 12 58 England
10 Sep 2009 8:37PM
thanks paul
tommythecat 14 149 2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2009 3:01PM
There are a number of ways of doing this as per Paul's link - although I usually find it's necessary to use layer masks either to fine tune the details or do the whole thing. A couple of things to bear in mind though-

1) if you're using the pen or eraser tool to cut the image out, getting the correct softness of your brush is vital - a hard edged brush used on a soft pic or vica versa will look obviously wrong

2) one you've cut the image out, using dodge and burn tools on the edges to burn shadows (if it's a dark background) or dodge highlights (light background) to help tie it in more with the new background.


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