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Mar 08, 2012 08:59 |  #1

Hi everyone,

I have attached a copy of an image I have (blurred out faces for privacy) but I need to make the background white in photoshop. The way I usually do it is by using the magic tool & feathering around the people by 2pixels. However, this then looks hideous around the hairlines - especially the blonde haired woman.

How do you make backgrounds white in photoshop? I have a lot of images to get through so really need to find an easier way to do this. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. thanks.


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Mar 08, 2012 09:35 |  #2

First, this is going to be moved to the RAW & PP section. Second, I kind of like the little bit of tone in the background & would leave it alone.

really need to find an easier way to do this.

Third, the easiest way would have been to blow out the background when you shot it. There are a lot of ways to "fix it", but the easiest way isn't the best.
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Mar 08, 2012 10:56 |  #3

I agree with what Frank says...it looks nice 'as is'. But, you could use a feathered brush tool to paint at a medium opacity bright white on the background and just not get too close to the people. Or, you could create a new layer and brighten it until you like the way the background looks and then create a mask to paint back in the people from the bottom layer. Both of these take time, I know.




  
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Mar 08, 2012 11:08 |  #4

I would use the quick selection tool on the background, refine the edge, create a layer mask. Refine the mask until it looks good and then use levels and/or brightness and contrast to blow out the background. If none of that made any sense to you, I'd suggest checking out some tutorials on you tube, or picking up a photoshop book.


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Mar 08, 2012 11:11 |  #5

Another way would be

New Layer copy of original
over expose to get white bakground
erase bits of new layer with a feathered brush to show correct exposed layer.

This might result in the hair/edge transition looking more natural.


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Mar 08, 2012 11:37 |  #6

If the background is completely white, you're going to lose the woman's shirt.

Anyway. There are people who are way better than me at masking, but I would do a Quick Selection then Refine Edge to make a mask, to brighten up just the background.


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Mar 08, 2012 11:54 |  #7

If it were me then I would throw a bit more light on the background when taking the shot. Even if you can only brighten the centre portion of the background behind the subjects you will then be able to do the rest with a bright white layer and a layer mask, without having to worry about getting right up to the subject. I know that this would not help you with the photos that you already have.

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Mar 08, 2012 23:09 |  #8

KrakenWakes wrote in post #14049814 (external link)
I would use the quick selection tool on the background, refine the edge, create a layer mask. Refine the mask until it looks good and then use levels and/or brightness and contrast to blow out the background. If none of that made any sense to you, I'd suggest checking out some tutorials on you tube, or picking up a photoshop book.

+1 , that how I would do it. The masking features of CS5 flat out rock.


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Mar 08, 2012 23:12 |  #9

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Mar 09, 2012 01:09 |  #10

check out the Zack Arias white background tutorials.......


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