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Dwayne Gitter
Person removal from a photo in Photoshop
on May 12, 2005 at 1:26:10 pm

HI,
What is the best method to remove a person from the background in a photograph. I want to then manipulate the layers in After Effects.

Thanks
Dwayne Gitter



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Joe
Re: Person removal from a photo in Photoshop
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on May 12, 2005 at 4:25:49 pm

Polygonal Lasso Tool with a small feather on an image zoomed in is one way.


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Thumbslinger
Re: Person removal from a photo in Photoshop
on May 16, 2005 at 4:32:15 am

Always check the different channels as well. YOu might find one that you can dupe, use Levels on to 'clean up' and then apply some gaussian blur of about 2 pixels to get you a fast and fairly accurate selection.

I prefer to use the pen tool for selections I want to save; they're much smaller to save with the file than saving actual selections as alpha channels.


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Mike Gondek
Re: Person removal from a photo in Photoshop
on May 19, 2005 at 3:08:33 pm

To get professional quality masks, using layers masks will give you the best results. The levels of gray in a layer mask give you a density mask which allows teh needed tranparency on a glass or the edge of a fine hair on a person..

I have an old basic tutorial at the link below.
http://mikegondek.com/creativetech/photoshop/14/psp14.htm

My book "Photoshop for Digital Video" includes tutorials you the user actually drop the background out, each one progressively building your skills in density masking. Once you can mask out the images in my book, you will be able to desnity mask anything.


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