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How do you cut people out of images and put them all in one ?
Old 08-15-2005, 02:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to make an image out of 3 or 4 of mine so it looks along the lines of the image like here on the Flirt page

I am about ready to give up..I am missing something working with PS

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Re: How do you cut people out of images and put them all in one ?
Old 08-15-2005, 03:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you "feathering" the transition of layers...under "Select"..? ( ≈ 5% ??.....or so depending on certain variables)

Are your subjects all within the same scale size..(head to toe)..

Many catalogues just layer without feathering, even when they are plopping down the same model in a different outfit..

I hope that was helpful.. somewhat.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: How do you cut people out of images and put them all in one ?
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What I would do is mask it quickly with the polygonal lasso tool and then go into 'Quick Mask' mode (shortcut 'Q') that way you can make the mask soft or hard where it needs to be.Use black to paint the mask and white to erase, the best part is that you can change brush sizes, opacity, flow, etc and it will mask accrdingly. The glow effect around each pic is done using "Outer Glow" which can be found by clicking the 'F' symbol at the bottom of your layers palette. There's a whole lotta options there that you can play around with.

If you are having any trouble getting it to look that way you want it, email me and I'll gladly help you out.
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Re: How do you cut people out of images and put them all in one ?
Old 08-15-2005, 03:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mike,

If it's the part about cutting someone cleanly out of a shot that's giving you problems this might help.

I had a job a while back where I had to cut a bunch of different antique kid's toys I'd shot for an ad completely off a dark background and after several hours of teeth gnashing and whispered death threats toward the client came up with a pretty good way to fully remove something from a bg:

Open the image then use the 'extract' command to cut the person or thing out of the shot. This never fully works, there's always rough edges and cutouts.


(I'm assuming you're already getting this far along, right?)

The next thing to do (I remembered this from one of Scott Kelby's books, couldn't find the book that day so I faked it till it worked) is pull up the history pallete, there should be two layers open, and extract. Click the open history layer, then click in the little box that indicates the history brush for that layer

highlight the second, extracted layer, then zoom WAY the hell in and go over the entire image along the edges alternately brushing in the cutouts with the history brush and erasing bits and pieces of the old background with the eraser tool.

Sounds like a pain in the butt and it is but after a while you get to moving along pretty good with it.

One of the items I had to cutout (a dollhouse with about ten gazillion curvy little hoochie coos hanging off every edge) ended up running in an ad in a local magazine and looked good so I know the technique will work for you.

Hope this helps,

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Re: How do you cut people out of images and put them all in one ?
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Call Don, he is the master of this.

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Re: How do you cut people out of images and put them all in one ?
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Mike try this tutorial movie by Russel Brown....

works really well!!


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Basic PS skill...masking, to create photo illustrations, etc.. You can make an alpha mask many different ways and even combine the multiple ways to create the mask, a basic cookie-cutter.

Use the path tool, it takes practice, more for some than others. Use the brush as a mask at varying opacities to get hair and other tiny bits. Save selection, you have a mask.

There are other, faster, dirtier methods you could use in PS, but I recommend learning how to draw a path...it's cleaner and more professional looking.


Zoom in and have fun...first time around is real tedious. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: How do you cut people out of images and put them all in one ?
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You mean like this? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]



I arranged all my layers at 50% opacity so I could see how to line them up, then I used a layer mask to paint them in.
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Re: How do you cut people out of images and put them all in one ?
Old 08-15-2005, 09:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That is what I am looking to do..I only wish I knew what you were talking about. There just is not enough time in a day to learn this stuff.

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Re: How do you cut people out of images and put them all in one ?
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That went right over my head.. I need to work with this for a while I can see.

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