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Removing Background in Photoshop

Removing Background in Photoshop by using Layer and Mask

Photoshop Layers and Masks can be used for a wide variety of jobs; the best thing about using Photoshop Layers and Mask is that they are non-destructive adjustments. In this article I am going to discuss “Removing Background in Photoshop”, Using Layers and Mask, and Quick Selection tool.

What does Non-destructive mean?

In simplest terms, whenever you make changes with a photo editing program you change the pixels of the image. If you save the image and close the program, the next time you reopen the image you can not go back to previous stage of the picture. Your original photo (and some of the data) doesn’t exist any more. Additionally when you apply the adjustment directly onto the photos, you can not fine tweak it because you have changed the pixels.

How does Photoshop Layers work?

Consider Photoshop Layers as a transparent layer on top of the original photo. You can apply almost all the adjustments and retouching to this transparent layer without affecting the original photo. You can even go back to a particular layer and make changes. You can also turn off the layer to see the original and turn on the layer to see the effect of the adjustments.

What is a Mask in Photoshop?

Mask is another very, very important tool which works with Photoshop Layers. Masking means you can select where on the image you want to apply the adjustment. In other words, by masking you apply the adjustments locally (specific areas) and not to the entire photo.

In this tutorial I am going to show you one of a thousand ways that you can use Photoshop Layers and Masks to fine tweak an image without changing the original pixels. Did you read that right? Thousands of ways? Yes! This is why we have dedicated a full workshop to Photoshop Layers and Masks. The next Photoshop Layers and Masks workshop is scheduled for April 16 and there are a few spots still available. This two day workshop has plenty of hands-on practice for you to learn these powerful tools and confidently be able to use them in a variety of ways.

Removing Background in Photoshop

In this tutorial I am going to remove the background of this image

Removing Background in Photoshop

And use this image for background:

Removing Background in Photoshop

A) Open both images in Photoshop and for the foreground image go to “QUICK SELECTION” tool

Removing Background in Photoshop

Select Quick Selection and adjust the size of the brush

B) Make a selection around your subject

Removing Background in Photoshop

You can see the selected area

C) Then click on “REFIND EDGDES” button and select Smart Radius. Adjust the Slider to fine tweak the selection.

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check the Smart Radius button

(I have a full tutorial on how to use the Smart Radius HERE if you need to know more)

D) In Output section Select “Layers with the Layer Mask” and the click OK

Removing Background in Photoshop

Now you got the Layer and Layer Mask.

E) Select the MOVE toll and drag and drop the foreground image to the background photo. You notice that at this point you can adjust the size of the foreground image by using the handles around the photo.

Removing Background in Photoshop

You can adjust the size of the photo using the resize handles

F) In this sample I wanted to make the background a bit darker. I add a Level Adjustment layer on top of the background layer and adjusted the Levels to make the background a bit darker

Removing Background in Photoshop

Adding the adjustment Layer you can retouch the background

G) I wanted to make the foreground a bit brighter to match the background brightness. I added another Level Adjustment Layers on top of the foreground layer and Checked the clipping to apply the adjustment only to the layer underneath not all the layers

Removing Background in Photoshop

Adjusting the foreground layer by checking the clipping box

H) Job is done!

Removing Background in Photoshop

A beautiful image from 2 simple photos! That is the power of Photoshop

Check our upcoming classes HERE. If you are interested to learn more about Photoshop Layers and Masks, We have scheduled a dedicated workshop  for learning Layers and Mask for January 28 and 29 2016. Click on “show detail” for more information.

 

 

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New Photoshop Workshop

All About the Layers

A New Photoshop workshop for Beginners to Advanced Users 

Photoshop has many powerful tools for photographers. Layers and Mask are effective and important features in Photoshop because they allow you to retouch your digital images non-destructively. Mastering Layers and Masking will change your Photoshop workflow!

Pre-requisite:

Must have basic computer skills, either Mac or PC. Students are required to bring their own laptops already installed with Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. (Trial versions of Photoshop are available for download for PC and Mac from the internet. Check system requirements first).

Course is perfect for beginners to intermediates: 

This fun New Photoshop Workshop has been designed for those wanting a professional yet simple digital imaging workflow process to improve post processing of their photos.

Workshop Details:

This is a two part workshop.

Part 1 July 23, 2015 from 7-9pm

In this class you will learn about Layers, different types of Layers, Merging, Grouping, modifying Layers, and some creative uses of Layers.

Part 2 July 24, 2015 from 7-9pm

This workshop is about Masking, how it works, how to Refine a Mask, uses of Shapes and Brushes in Mask, and more….

Class size is limited to 9 persons.


 

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Photoshop Non-Destructive Sharpening

Photoshop Non Destructive Sharpening 

How to use Photoshop Non Destructive Sharpening Layer

Photo Tip Friday March 27

Sharpening a picture in Photoshop can be very tricky. It requires you to adjust the Amount of sharpening, the Radius and Threshold of the image to achieve the right amount of sharpening. Unfortunately, if you apply the Sharpening directly to the photo and save it you will permanently change the pixels. If, after you print the photo, you realize there is too much sharpening, you cannot readjust it because the effect is embedded in the image. Photoshop CC moved Sharpening as a Filter, which was a great upgrade; but based on the numerous questions regarding sharpening here at Omnilargess and other forums it still doesn’t seem to have solved the issue for many photographers. There are plug-ins you can purchase to make sharpening a little easier but I’m not going to talk about these plug-ins today. Instead I want to teach you a very simple and easy way to not only control the amount of sharpening, but also be able to adjust the sharpening in case it is too much or too little.

Omnilargess Digital Camera Classes help you to find your creativity in Photography

Omnilargess Digital Camera Classes help you to find your creativity in Photography

Photoshop Non Destructive Sharpening

When applying Sharpening in Photoshop, you’ve probably noticed the noise or grain gets more pronounced as well. It is especially evident in photos with a higher ISO and with images from smaller sensor cameras, such as smart phones or point and shoot cameras. In this tutorial you will learn how to control the amount of sharpening when working with images captured on any device. As mentioned before there is flexibility and many useful features available to you when you work with layers. So let’s jump in and look at another practical technique using Photoshop Layers.

Sharpening an image using Photoshop High Pass Filter

A- Open an image in Photoshop

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B- Copy the background Layer

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C- Go to Filter> Other> and select High Pass

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D- In the new widow adjust the Radius until the image gets desaturated and click OK. The amount of radius depends on the size and resolution of your image.

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E- Go back to Filter> Noise> Reduce Noise and start adjusting “Strength”, and “Preserve Details” Slider to remove any unwanted noise. Click OK.

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F- Go to Blend Mode and select Linear Light.

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G- At this point you’ll probably notice there is lot of sharpening. Go to Layer Panel and start adjusting the Layer’s Opacity to reduce the effects to suit your preference.

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Job is done! The good news is when you save your image as PSD (Photoshop format) you can come back at any given time and reduce or increase the sharpness very easily by adjusting the Opacity. Here is the before image.

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And here is the image after sharpening is applied.

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You can more easily see the benefit of this type of sharpening with Smart phones pictures. Here are some samples of sharpening using this technique.

Before Sharpening

Before Sharpening

 

After sharpening

After sharpening

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Before

After

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That is all for this week. If you’d like to learn more about working with non-destructive layers and masks please register for Photoshop Layers and Masks Workshop on April 16.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


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Photoshop Layers Tutorial

Photoshop Layers Tutorial

How to create a Graduated Neutral Density Filter using Photoshop Layers

Photo Tip Friday March 20

Photoshop Layers and Masks can be used for a wide variety of jobs; the best thing about using Photoshop Layers and Mask is that they are non-destructive adjustments.

What does Non-destructive mean?

In simplest terms, whenever you make changes with a photo editing program you change the pixels of the image. If you save the image and close the program, the next time you reopen the image you can not go back to previous stage of the picture. Your original photo (and some of the data) doesn’t exist any more. Additionally when you apply the adjustment directly onto the photos, you can not fine tweak it because you have changed the pixels.

How does Photoshop Layers work?

Consider Photoshop Layers as a transparent layer on top of the original photo. You can apply almost all the adjustments and retouching to this transparent layer without affecting the original photo. You can even go back to a particular layer and make changes. You can also turn off the layer to see the original and turn on the layer to see the effect of the adjustments.

What is a Mask in Photoshop?

Mask is another very, very important tool which works with Photoshop Layers. Masking means you can select where on the image you want to apply the adjustment. In other words, by masking you apply the adjustments locally (specific areas) and not to the entire photo.

In this tutorial I am going to show you one of a thousand ways that you can use Photoshop Layers and Masks to fine tweak an image without changing the original pixels. Did you read that right? Thousands of ways? Yes! This is why we have dedicated a full workshop to Photoshop Layers and Masks. The next Photoshop Layers and Masks workshop is scheduled for April 16 and there are a few spots still available. This two day workshop has plenty of hands-on practice for you to learn these powerful tools and confidently be able to use them in a variety of ways.

How to create a Graduated Neutral Density Filter Using Photoshop Layers and Mask

A- Open an high contrast image which contains strong highlights and deep shadows. Go to Adjustment layers and select Levels. Now start adjusting the Levels to bring back as much details in highlight as you can. (Don’t worry about the mid tones and shadows as they get darker. We are going to mask those areas).

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B-  Select the Mask on the Layer panel. Then go to Tool bar and select Gradient tool. Make sure that Linear gradient is selected, then go to the gradient Bar and select Black to White Gradient from drop down menu.

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C-  Since it is a Black to White gradient (Black means no adjustment and White means adjustment), click on the Shadow part of the image and drag it all the way to the starting point of Highlights.

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D- As you can see in the Layer Panel, we created a very nice and smooth gradient filter on the Mask of Layer adjustment.

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E- Finally, if I want to bring the exposure back to the building and make it brighter I can easily select the Brush tool, pick up the Black colour (as Black means no adjustment), and start brushing areas that I don’t want to apply the adjustment.

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F- Here is Before

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And here is the After

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When I save this image as PSD (Photoshop format) I can go back at any time and make changes to this layer and its mask, without affecting the original photo.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this example of one of the many different ways to use Photoshop Layers and Mask together to apply local adjustments to photos without changing the original pictures.

That is all for this week. If you want to learn more, register for Photoshop Layers and Masks workshop today. Photoshop Layers and Masks is a two day program and starts April 16 and 17 from 7-9 PM.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


 

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Digital Photography Classes

Digital Photography classes for Spring 2015

A quick list of upcoming Omnilargess digital photography classes

Hello everyone

I just put together a list of our new upcoming Digital Photography classes for spring 2015. All of these workshops are redesigned. Please feel free to check them out and let us know if you have more questions.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


 

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Digital Photography Bootcamp

It is an 8 week program which includes two field trips, one for day time and one for night time photography. Digital Photography Bootcamp start April 1 and only three more spots left.



 

Layers and  Masks in Photoshop

Layers and Masks in Photoshop

Photoshop Layer and Masks Workshop

Photoshop has many powerful tools. Layers and Masks are effective and important for retouching images non-destructively. Mastering Photoshop layers and mask is a 2 part workshop. All hands on with examples and exercises. It starts April 16. Please register quickly to secure your spot.



Digital Camera Workshops and bootcamps help you unleash the power of your digital camera

Digital Camera Workshops and bootcamps help you unleash the power of your digital camera

Digital Camera workshop for Beginners

This is a brand new two day workshop for beginners to learn about the settings in digital camera and fundamentals for creating better photos. Digital Camera for beginners starts April 24.



Night Time Photography class. Photo credit to Bruce Warren

Night Time Photography class. Photo credit to Bruce Warren

Night Time Photography Techniques

Nighttime Photography techniques workshop is developed for photographers with DSLR, Mirroeless, or point shoot cameras who want to capture amazing night shots. It is a 2 part class and starts in May.



Learn how to set up a studio by using your flash in Flash Photography Workshop

Learn how to set up a studio by using your flash in Flash Photography Workshop

Flash Photography Techniques Workshop

Do you hate flash photography?
Did you know Flash Photography is very simple to learn?
Do you know that you can control the power of a flash to create a different effect?
Register for Flash Photography Techniques and learn more. This is a 2 day workshop and starts on May 13



Use Shutter speed to create amazing effects

Use Shutter speed to create amazing effects

Understanding Exposure in Digital Cameras

Exposure is the most important part in capturing an image. That is why we redesigned this workshop for you. Understanding Exposure workshop is a 2 day workshop with lots of hands on and practical exercises. It starts on May 22.



 

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Layers and Masks in Photoshop

All About the Layers

A Workshop on Layers and Masks in Photoshop

Photoshop has many powerful tools for photographers. Layers and Mask are effective and important features in Photoshop because they allow you to retouch your digital images non-destructively. Mastering Layers and Masking will change your Photoshop workflow!

Non destructive editing and why it’s important 

Delve deeper into the editing world by exploring the power of layer masks. Understanding these masks will enable you to cut down a little on your editing time, to customize or target each editing adjustment within your photo, and to be able to correct these adjustments easily. You can also add that extra punch to your images by learning how to optimize your exposure.

When you apply any sort of adjustments or retouching directly to the photo, you change the pixels permanently, and if you save these changes to your photos, you can not restore them back to original photos. It sounds good, but what if your client or you yourself decided that the original photos were better, or the adjustment is too much?

For instance let say that you edited an image to change it to Black and White and saved it. After printing the photo, you realized that the colour version was nicer and you want to print the photo in colour. What should you do? How can you revert the photo to original? Now I have your attention!

By using Layers and Masks in Photoshop you can localize the adjustments in Photoshop format

By using Layers and Masks in Photoshop you can localize the adjustments in Photoshop format

What is a Layer in Photoshop?

Generally speaking, a layer is a virtual transparent sheet that you apply on top of your original photo and apply the adjustments or retouching to this transparent sheet, not the original photo. At any time you can discard it, modify it, without ruining the original photo!

What is Masking in Photoshop? 

By using Masking in combination with Layers you can tell Photoshop where and how to apply the adjustments. In fact Masking gives you the controls you need over the layers.

Layers and Masks in Photoshop help us editing photos nondestructively

Layers and Masks in Photoshop help us editing photos nondestructively

Is this class suitable for Photoshop Elements users?

Layers and Mask are available in Photoshop CC and Elements. So whether you use Photoshop CC or Photoshop Elements, this workshop will enhance your understanding for a better editing experience.

I just started using Photoshop and do not have lots of experience. Is this workshop helpful for me? 

Regardless if you are new to Photoshop world, it is always a good idea to start learning the right workflow. Although Layers and Mask sound very technical (which they are indeed), it is very easy to learn these powerful tools and improve your editing techniques.

Pre-requisite:

Must have basic computer skills, either Mac or PC. Students are required to bring their own laptops already installed with Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. (Trial versions of Photoshop are available for download for PC and Mac from the internet. Check system requirements first).

Course is perfect for beginners to intermediates: 

This fun Photoshop class has been designed for those wanting a professional yet simple digital imaging workflow process to improve post processing of their photos.

Workshop Details:

This is a two part workshop.

Part 1 April 16, 2015 from 7-9pm

In this class you will learn about Layers, different types of Layers, Merging, Grouping, modifying Layers, and some creative uses of Layers.

Part 2 April 17, 2015 from 7-9pm

This workshop is about Masking, how it works, how to Refine a Mask, uses of Shapes and Brushes in Mask, and more….

Location:

Omnilargess Services Office:

209B-32900 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford (Clearbrook), BC V2S 5A1

Registration Fee:

$140.00 plus GST per person. Class size is limited to 8 persons.


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Photoshop Layer Mask vs Eraser Tool

Photoshop Layer Mask Vs Eraser Tool

Photo Tip Friday: February 7, 2014

Photoshop or Photoshop Elements are not non-destructive software, which means when you make changes (edits) and save your photo, all the changes will be applied to the image and you cannot restore it back to the original.

One of the most destructive tools in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is the Eraser tool. If you erase part of a photo and save it, all those erased parts are gone forever and you can’t bring them back, unless you were working on a copy of your original photo.

In this tutorial I am going to show you a safer and better way to ‘Hide’ parts of an image and if needed make them visible again.

‘Photoshop Layer Mask’ is a life saver!

In this example I am going to erase the background of this photo and put the subject in a different background.

Background is too bright and I want to change it

Background is too bright and I want to change it

 

Many users new to Photoshop will go directly to Eraser tool! Don’t do it! Keep reading to see how powerful the ‘Layer Mask’ is and why it is your best option.

Open the images in layers and select the "Layer Mask"

Open the images in layers and select the “Layer Mask”

I just select the Layer Mask for my top layer (Main photo). You notice this icon:

Layer Mask icon

Layer Mask icon

It is white which means that the whole layer is Visible (White=Visible, Black=Hidden). Then I select a paint brush and adjust the size, and select Black for colour to “HIDE” the area that I want to remove.

in Layer Mask, select the White to make it visible and Black to Hide

in Layer Mask, select the White to make it visible and Black to Hide

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Now by brushing the unwanted area I make it ‘Hidden’.

When Black is selected, brush out the unwanted area from the image

When Black is selected, brush out the unwanted area from the image

If I accidentally ‘Hide’ an area, or if I want to reveal an area again, I can simply select the White colour and brush that area back again.

I accidentally erased the shoulder! Oops

I accidentally erased the shoulder! Oops

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I paint back the shoulder and now I made a mistake in head! No worries it is a Layer Mask and I can fix it easily!

When I save the image as PSD (Photoshop Format) I can go back anytime and tweak the photo without losing my previous work on this image.

 

Saved as PSD so I can re-edit it at any time.

Saved as PSD so I can re-edit it at any time.

This is the power of Layers and Layer Mask in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

If you’re interested in learning more editing skills add your name to our upcoming Photoshop Bootcamp. We’ll send you course outline info and notification of dates as soon as we schedule the workshop.

Stay tuned for more Photo Tip Friday. If you have any suggestions or questions for our Photo Tip posts – we’d love to hear from you.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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