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Removing backgrounds in Photoshop

Discussion in 'Design and Creatives' started by Andy Haskins, May 6, 2013.

  1. Andy Haskins

    Andy Haskins Affiliate affiliate

    Hey everyone,

    Is there a quick and easy way to remove backgrounds in photoshop (e.g. cut a person out of an image).

    Just wondering as I've been doing it for a while and although I'm not too bad at it, I wondered if there might be something I'm missing that eases the process.
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  3. alexcopeland

    alexcopeland Affiliate affiliate

    There is a plug in for exactly that... But I can't think what it's called and at a bbq at the moment... Got to enjoy the sun in the UK while you can :)

    I'll fire up photoshop and let you know once I'm back.. Or give it a Google as may come up?
  4. mindseye

    mindseye Affiliate affiliate


    What method are you using now?

  5. Andy Haskins

    Andy Haskins Affiliate affiliate

    Definitely have to enjoy the weather, I've BBQ'd every day since it came out, shame it's gone again now though.

    I'm manually using the marquee tool to select the area, refining the edge and adding any effects to tidy it up. It looks neat but it's a long process.
  6. mindseye

    mindseye Affiliate affiliate

    Your technique resembles mine in some instances. Anyone familiar with knoockouts knows that each one can be different dependent upon the color and complexity of the backgrounds, etc.

    I recently started using the following:

    1.Topaz ReMask - Masking Made Easy

    2. Perfect Mask 5.2 - onOne Software

    Out of the two I prefer ReMask. Seems to run calculations faster and renders a better output.

    Has saved me time when I have to do a lot of knocks or some detailed ones that, as you know, become very time consuming.

    Also, was told to try Vertus from a pretty reputable PS guy. looks interesting as you can fine tune your areas etc.

    Photo Editing Software, Digital Photography Image Editor Programs - VertusTech

    Best of luck.

  7. Andy Haskins

    Andy Haskins Affiliate affiliate

    Thank you for the advice mindseye! Some of those programs look great, I'll have a little look in to them and let you know what I decide.
  8. alexcopeland

    alexcopeland Affiliate affiliate

    Thanks mindseye… I ended up staying at the bbq for quite a few beers lol! And then it slipped my mind!
  9. K

    K Administrator Administrator affiliate

    Nice guide mindset thanks.
  10. pranteek

    pranteek Affiliate affiliate

    Thanks mindseye for the superb info. This will come in handy in for me.
  11. azgold

    azgold Super Moderator Super Mod moderator affiliate

    I've never used Photoshop but I used to use Coreldraw everyday at work and I could separate elements in any picture and just use the layer I wanted or needed.

    Sorry if that's not helpful but thought I'd mention it, just in case you are able to work with layers.
  12. seraph

    seraph Affiliate affiliate

    Personally, I prefer different tools depending on the photo. If it's not insanely detailed, I'll use the pen tool, for more accurate lines.

    Hair that's blowing everywhere though..../shudder. That's not fun, and definitely involves some of the tools listed above.

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