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Coach21
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Mar 20, 2011 10:10 |  #1

Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what I should do with these ugly straight borders.

I used the eraser tool with a soft brush on the top photo to ease the transition from the stark white to the blue background but I'm lost on ideas - mainly because of lack of skill and knowledge on what to do.

Any suggestions on what to do and or how to do it?

Thank you very much if you are willing to help,

Andy

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Mar 20, 2011 11:06 |  #2

Here's an idea using the Cookie Cutter Tool > Crop Shapes in Photoshop Elements:

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Mar 20, 2011 13:28 |  #3

Thanks Rimmer but I'm using Photoshop CS5 and don't have the cookie cutter tool.

That's what I get for dancing with the big boys and not knowing how to dance!

Anyone else have suggestions?

Thanks,

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Mar 20, 2011 13:48 |  #4

Coach, You can achieve similar looks using the erase tool and selecting and playing with different brushes, On a copied layer of course.


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Mar 20, 2011 14:02 |  #5

Andy, what exactly are you trying to accomplish with these? Simply selecting the images with a rectangular selection will allow you to remove them from the background and then you can do whatever you like with them -- do you have a new design in mind?


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Mar 20, 2011 17:26 |  #6

Thanks lecherro.

Tony, I would like to take the 4 pics and do something with the borders, similar to what Rimmer posted above. I just don't want them the edges to be so stark and sharp.

I guess it would help if y'all knew that the 4 pics are on separate layers from the blue back ground. I 'd just like for them to blend in, in a creative way.

Thanks,

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Mar 20, 2011 20:25 |  #7

Well, one approach that occurs to me is to add a layer under the background layer and fill it with the color of the background of the shots, then take the background layer, add a mask, fill the mask with white (so things look like they do), and then brush black around those edges so the background borders would turn "mushy" without eating into the photos themselves.


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Mar 20, 2011 20:32 |  #8

You could download a free trial of elements. Also, i'm sure the tool is in CS5 somewhere.


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Mar 21, 2011 09:05 |  #9

using CS5?
Easy.
Magic wand, touch over the blue margins and it will select all of then.
Choose a withe brush and paint....

or
New document with same size. white colour (or whatever you want)
Select copy and paste each photo...

or select the fotos using shift. Inverse selection and apply brush with the color desired...

or using a layer with each photo. Modify the blending options

or....there is a thousand of solutions


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Mar 21, 2011 14:30 |  #10

More or less as it...


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Mar 21, 2011 14:32 as a reply to  @ obkcaptain's post |  #11

or, even, as this
(sorry for the bad quality, but I've made it as far as I could)


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Mar 22, 2011 10:23 |  #12

I used the eraser tool...

When you have some time, read about Layer Masks (external link)


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