In this quick tutorial we count the six bestmethods for removing backgrounds in photoshop.
Number Six – The Eraser Tools Select the Magic Eraser tool, set an appropriatetolerance level and then click near the boundary between your subject and background.
Thiswill remove most of your background.
You can then follow up with the basic eraser toolfor any remaining background areas.
However, I definitely wouldn't recommend usingthis destructive and often unreliable method for any kind of professional work.
Number Five – Selecting a Color Range This method is great if you're taking photosin front of a green screen.
Go to Select.
Then use the pipettes to set the samplingcolors.
Once you're done, go to Select.
Inverse to select your subject instead of the background.
Then click the mask button to hide the background.
At this stage you'll notice there's stillsome color fringing.
This can easily be removed by going to Image.
Set the saturation to minus one hundred, and then use the pipettes to select the colorfringed areas.
Once you're done, click OK to apply the changes.
The Sponge tool canalso be useful to desaturate any remaining areas.
Number Four – The Layer Blending Options Some images, such as those from stock photographysites, come pre-isolated on a pure white background.
Provided your subject isn't over-exposed,you can easily hide the background using layer blending options.
Go to Layer.
Blending Optionsand move the top-right slider a tiny amount to the left.
This hides the lightest areasof your image.
You can hold down the Alt or Option key to detach the secondary sliderand move that slightly further to the left to soften the boundary edges.
Number Three – The Screen Blending Mode Effects like flames and smoke frequently comeon a pure black background.
Just select your image layer and then change the blending modeto Screen.
This will replace your black background with transparency.
Number Two – Selecting and Then Masking This should be your usual method for removingbackgrounds.
Roughly select your subject using the QuickSelection tool.
Then click the Refine Edge button.
This will bring up the Refine Edgewindow.
Change your viewing mode to On Layers and then start highlighting the edges of yoursubject.
Photoshop will then start calculating the remaining edges of your subject automatically.
Once you're done change the output to Layer Mask and then Click OK.
You'll see a maskhas now been created that hides your background.
Number One – Masking Manually You should expect all of these automated methodsto fail, when dealing with difficult image areas.
Therefore it's definitely worth becomingskilled at making changes to your mask manually.
Select your mask and then start painting ontoit with a soft brush on a small size setting.
Painting the mask with black hides parts ofthe image, while painting with white reveals it.
I find the trick to this is to repeatedlytease the boundary with just the very edge of your brush, until you've removed the background.
Although tiresome, taking the time to maskproblem areas manually will often reward you with the best results.
That's it for this tutorial.
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