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Dec 07, 2012 00:26 |  #1

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=SA47SsBqNzA (external link)

On the video, near the 3:45 time frame, Tony talks about using the "eraser" tool to erase himself out of the frame, but still maintaing the background. It looks very clean and simple.

I've tried using all the different eraser tools and I can't seem to figure out how he did that. Any know what eraser tool and what technique to use?


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Dec 07, 2012 00:44 |  #2

I've never tried it that way, from all I have read non-volatile is better. But in essence I think he is just masking himself out on the pic with him in it as the top layer, and that exposes the base layer (you can erase as well but that is non reverse-able). Essentially it is just like HDR but you mask what you dont want in a a given layer.


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Dec 07, 2012 00:50 as a reply to  @ Nature Nut's post |  #3

there are 2 pictures. The eraser tool is actually erasing the image.... but there is one hiding behind it (without him in it) that shows up instead.




  
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Dec 07, 2012 02:48 |  #4

Not exactly useful to produce a video that fails to explain the whole thing!

Despite that, the technique can be extremely useful. Simply take several shots of exactly the same scene, and carefully layer them one above the next and any moving things can be erased from existence.


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Dec 07, 2012 09:09 |  #5

I don't recommend the Eraser tool, because once you've saved the file, you're stuck with the results. Layer Masks allow you to hide some details & bring them back later if you need to. Look at A question about sky and click on the Airport runway shoot link in my post to read more about them.


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Dec 07, 2012 09:22 |  #6

But the eraser tool would still be used in the mask, so it's important to understand masking, rather than erasing the image.

If you have at least three images of the same scene, you may not need to mess with masks at all. Just put all three images as layers in the same document, select them all, and convert to a Smart Object.

Then, select Layer - Smart Object - Stack Mode - Mean. Taking the Mean value grabs the pixel that is repeated the most times in the stack. (That's why Mean doesn't work well with just 2 images.) Someone who's in one frame but not the two others (or several people, or cars) will just disappear.


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Dec 07, 2012 15:07 |  #7

Another option besides layer masking, or stacking is to try the smart-fill option and just heal him out. I have had varied results tinkering with that but something to try out.


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