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Photo Tip Friday October 25

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Photo Tip Friday October 25

The Magical Power of Photoshop Layers! 

Did you know that Photoshop is not a non-destructive software? What does that mean to you?

That means, if you do not have the right workflow, you can make irreversible changes to your original image. Stay tuned for our upcoming Photoshop Editing Bootcamp  to learn more about workflow in Photoshop.

In this tip I am going to show you How to remove the background  safely by using Layers and Masking.

Removing Background in Photoshop

1-Open a new document and select the Width, Hight, and Resolution. In this example I selected light blue colour for the background.

Plain blue background

Plain blue background

 

2-Open the photo that you want to remove the background

In this photo I want to remove the background.

In this photo I want to remove the background.

 

3-Pick the QUICK SELECTION TOOL from the Toolbar and select parts of the image that you want to keep

Quick Selection Tool

Quick Selection Tool

4-Fine Tweak your selection

Fine Tweaking the selection

Fine Tweaking the selection

 

5-Go to REFINE EDGES on the menu bar

05refine-edge

 

6-By using the sliders you can make your selection more precise and then press OK

Fine tweaking with refine edges

Fine tweaking with refine edges

 

7-As you can see the selection is not perfect yet. Here comes the best part of this photo tip. Since you created the layer mask for your foreground image, now you can select the mask by double clicking on it and start to add or subtract from your image by using the Paint Brush tool. Choose white colour to brush in more of your selection and choose black to brush out (erase) from your selection

Adjusting the mask by using Pain Brush Tool

Adjusting the mask by using Pain Brush Tool

 

8-By selecting the Paint Brush Tool and Back colour I can remove the unwanted areas very precisely

08tweak-mask

 

9-So by using these steps I can always go back to the Layer and modify it as I want. Job is done!

Final job

Final job

 

That is all folks for this Friday. Stay tuned for our next Photo Tip Friday. Visit our Upcoming classes for more information about photography and photo editing classes.

Ted and Omnilargess Team 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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