Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > Cut out person(s) + remove background

Photographer

Kyle Marquette Photo

Posts: 278

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Hi, All

So I have searched here and the web and cannot find a good method to cut out a person and replace the background. I can get it pretty close but I want to get better. Please share any tips or tutorials. I use Adobe CS2. Thanks in advance.

Apr 01 12 05:27 pm Link

Photographer

Michael DBA Expressions

Posts: 3196

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Topaz Remask, don't forget to watch the tutorial. I'm not sure it'll work with CS2, though, but there is a FREE demo you can test out.

Apr 01 12 05:43 pm Link

Photographer

FoxTrappe

Posts: 17

Mount Vernon, New York, US

Try CS5.

In earlier versions, you should create a layer and edit the new layer.

Apr 01 12 05:49 pm Link

Photographer

Kyle Marquette Photo

Posts: 278

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

FoxTrappe wrote:
Try CS5.

In earlier versions, you should create a layer and edit the new layer.

I would like to but my pc is not 64 bit which correct me if I am wrong I need that requirement

Apr 01 12 05:50 pm Link

Photographer

FoxTrappe

Posts: 17

Mount Vernon, New York, US

No, CS5 will work in 32 bit.

Apr 01 12 06:03 pm Link

Photographer

SuperWink

Posts: 167

Carlsbad, California, US

Send it to someone who has enough reason to have bought a copy of Photoshop in the last 8 years.  Then pay them.

Apr 01 12 06:07 pm Link

Photographer

Kyle Marquette Photo

Posts: 278

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Thanks All I am not looking to upgrade anyways at this time. I will continue to search and learn..

Apr 01 12 06:11 pm Link

Photographer

Brooklyn Bridge Images

Posts: 9785

Brooklyn, New York, US

Kyle Marquette Photo wrote:

I would like to but my pc is not 64 bit which correct me if I am wrong I need that requirement

Wrong
I ran CS5 on 34bit XP and Win 7

Apr 01 12 06:11 pm Link

Photographer

KeithDewey3

Posts: 1425

Plattsburg, Missouri, US

If you do a search on YouTube you will find hundreds of tutorials on different ways to do this.

Here is one I like by Angela Perez.  It is also in the MM Edu section if you would rather watch it there.

I like Angela's tutorials and use them all the time.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1lUidBC … plpp_video

Apr 01 12 06:21 pm Link

Digital Artist

Andreea Cernestean

Posts: 495

Baia Mare, Maramureş, Romania

Apr 01 12 06:24 pm Link

Photographer

Ruben Vasquez

Posts: 3115

Puyallup, Washington, US

Regardless of which version of photoshop you're using, I would strongly recommend learning to use luminance mask derived from channels. This is typically where I start as there is usally a very accurate mask already within the image.

There are a number of resources on the topic. Some of the books I recommend:

Photoshop Masking and Compositing - Katrin Eismann
http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Masking … 801&sr=8-2

Photoshop Channel Chops - Bert Monroy
http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Channel … 849&sr=1-1

The Photoshop Channels Book - Scott Kelby
http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Channel … 936&sr=1-1

Photoshop Compositing Secrets - Matt Kloskowski
http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Composi … FOK3GSX67Y

If you learn better by watching, Deke MecClelland has an indepth tutorial on lynda.com though you'll have to pay to see it.
http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-CS2-tuto … 322-2.html

Or you could always do a youtube and/or google search on channel masking.

Apr 01 12 10:07 pm Link

Photographer

Ruben Sanchez

Posts: 3505

San Antonio, Texas, US

Kyle Marquette Photo wrote:
Hi, All

So I have searched here and the web and cannot find a good method to cut out a person and replace the background. I can get it pretty close but I want to get better. Please share any tips or tutorials. I use Adobe CS2. Thanks in advance.

I'm thinking you're going to have to use older masking software, such as Fluid Mask 2, since you're still using CS2.

Apr 01 12 10:24 pm Link

Retoucher

daveraven

Posts: 7

Portland, Oregon, US

Kyle; What methods have you tried? I use the pen tool to outline the element you want to keep, and refine the path until it is just right. I then create a selection from the path using some feathering, and mask out the background. It is a little time-consuming, but works well for me.
Dave

Apr 02 12 09:23 am Link

Photographer

Kyle Marquette Photo

Posts: 278

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

daveraven wrote:
Kyle; What methods have you tried? I use the pen tool to outline the element you want to keep, and refine the path until it is just right. I then create a selection from the path using some feathering, and mask out the background. It is a little time-consuming, but works well for me.
Dave

Hey, Dave

I have used the Magnetic lasso tool and feathering, quick selection tool, and also the extract tool. I just find them all a little time consuming and "off" for me. My images never seem to look quite like what the author is showing. I know that these things will take time, but I want to make sure I am at least using the most efficient one.

Thanks to all who have responded. I actually have CS3. Noticed I typed CS2 for some reason. Anyways I will give everyone's response a try.

Apr 02 12 03:09 pm Link

Photographer

N Gomez

Posts: 2

Los Angeles, California, US

daveraven wrote:
Kyle; What methods have you tried? I use the pen tool to outline the element you want to keep, and refine the path until it is just right. I then create a selection from the path using some feathering, and mask out the background. It is a little time-consuming, but works well for me.
Dave

I agree with Dave. Pen tool 100%.

Apr 03 12 12:45 am Link