Masking in PP problem

Started Feb 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Masking in PP problem
In reply to Briansdad1, Feb 25, 2014

Briansdad1 wrote:

I often want to obscure the background of a portrait that was too sharp and or cluttered on the original. I am aware of many masking techniques available. (I use Corel Paintshop Pro X6 mostly these days which has similar options as other PP popular software.) But, with all of the the margins around hair problematic with the many individual hairs and small clusters getting drawn into the mask or background being left out of the mask. I clearly over extended the mask in to the figure in this case. But much less leaves an awkward fringe of background. The image below is not the best example overall but the hair part applies. (I could have done better in other areas e.g. the nose.) I could just claim I when for the softness effect I guess. Does anyone know techniques that would improve on results?

Curious George Is In Trouble!

From what I have been seeing, FZ200 is actually capable of background defocus. Should have stepped back a few meters, zoom to 400 or even more and opt for f2.8. You would have gotten blurred background.

In order to avoid this painful post processing, people are eventually drawn to larger sensors. Some venture into m43 world and buy some f1.8 lenses. Some even go full frame.

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