Friday, February 25, 2011
Backround removal with Topaz Remask 3
With animals you sometimes just have to 'grab' the shot. While doing chores yesterday, Morris ran past the fence line and got these mules attention.
I like how they had lined up, but did not like the fence post nor the wires:
So I opened up Elements 5 and decided to see what I could do.
Used the 'Ctrl J' command and copied the layer. I wanted the hair to come a little more textured and desaturated the photo a bit.
I used Topaz ReMask 3 and outlined the fellas in Blue.
I used the red paint bucket and clicked on the area I wished to be removed.
I hit the compute button to see what was cut and see where I might have to do some fine detailing around the manes.
I didn't get super accurate as I was going to feather and blend in a back round that would fit nicely with the edges. I wanted a quick and neat edit.
Now back to Elements. I still have to get rid of that pesky piece of fence. I use the clone tool to fix that and the far left mule's nose.
Choose a nice backround for mine I picked a some swirling clouds and used an opacity of 53%, but use what you think would look pleasing.
Flatten and save or if you feel like changing things up a bit later keep it as a full .PSD file.