Photography / Masking Tip replacing backgrounds

Started May 12, 2010 | Discussions thread
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Mike Warren OP Veteran Member • Posts: 8,490
Re: Works like a Charm

WineO wrote:

Thanks Mike it underlines that you use horses for courses with Photoshop. I tried Fluidmask but gave up when I saw the time it would take on this image to get a good selection. I don't think it would be quite as successful with fussy hair extraction but CS5 Refine edge might make it worth trying. I found that if I made a Clipping Mask and pasted the new background into the image I did not need to place it behind the top layer or invert the selection. Saves a few steps but comes to the same thing.

Thanks for trying the method out Claude. Yes, there are many ways to skin a cat using Photoshop. Your method having the background on the top is good if you want to set the layer mode to darken over a light background for better transition of the edges (like a sky over tree branches). My method having the background below the subject is good for when you want to use layer styles to add a drop shadow or outer edge glow over the background. It just depends on what you planning to do with the image next.


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