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By gcdj
Purely a snap shot with a view to see what I get for eventually a large set of B&W images on music room wall for my son to reflect his personality. However, I like this alot and if I try to emulate it I fear I won't be able to, so does anyone know how I can place on a black or white background so you can't see objects behind the subject? I shot in RAW and I have Elements and Lightroom2.

Tags: Black and white

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Varanus 11 32 1 England
3 Mar 2009 8:35PM
Excellent shot! To remove the background you could either draw a selection around the bits you don't want, feather it and then cut. create a new layer underneath and fill with black, then use the eraser to blend the edges. Or you could try using the dodge tool (if elements has one?) to gradually darken the areas you don't one until they are black.

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Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
3 Mar 2009 8:36PM
Great image, I bet Fender would be pleased with this as an advert,
the only thing that I think may have improved it is by including the whole guitar head in the image, super work

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3528 Canada
3 Mar 2009 11:19PM
The easiest way is to simply place a black background behind when youre shooting, - you could use a large black foam board (quite cheap), or black material, which can vary in price.

In this shot, you would need quite a small sized background. If you are into Photoshop, its always possible to replace backgrounds, but you need to be reasonably skilled at PS to do a good job, - so start with it the way you want it.

I loaded this with the background black so you can have an idea what it would look like.


CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2009 10:42AM
As Willie says it's always best to get it right in camera unless you really like playing around in Photoshop.

I wonder if the clone tool might help you out here. With the background at top and bottom right you have a reasonably clear line to follow in the edge of the shirt and the end of the guitar. With the shirt it is not absolutely essential to follow the exact line. It might help to protect what you want to keep by using the selection brush as a mask. This will paint in red over the areas you want to protect and then will turn into a selection with marching ants. Then you don't need to be so careful about following the edge with the cloning tool. Work on a layer, so all is not lost if you make a mistake, but you can always back track by using control Z.

In my mod I have used the cloning tool and just used the mouse, so you can see the effect. Usually I would use my graphics pen but if you have not got one a mouse gives an OK result as long as you have a reasonably steady hand. The white patch over to the left, by the man's face, was a bit more of a challenge - here I used a 50% opacity. But if it doesn't look right you could always leave the original - it is not too intrusive.



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