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Poor background removal - is this refusal bugging you?

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Sony A6000, Sony RX100M3
Posted: 02/13/2013, 05:44:10 AM
Very helpful thank you. Topaz Remask looks pricey but has a free 30 day trial I might just have to try
Canon 7D Canon 70-200 F4 IS Tamron 24-70 F2.8 VC
Posted: 02/13/2013, 06:07:26 AM
Thanks very much....useful!!
f3.5-5.6 Sigma 17-50 f2.8 Canon 24-70L f2.8 Canon 70-200L f4 43...
Posted: 02/13/2013, 07:56:15 AM
Thank You very much for sharing your know-how!
Canon 7D
Posted: 02/13/2013, 10:07:58 AM
Very nice! Thank you for sharing this!
Posted: 02/13/2013, 12:56:39 PM
Very useful blog. Thanks for the tips.
Canon EOS 50D with various lenses and Sony NEX-6
Posted: 02/13/2013, 14:06:41 PM
Great tips-thank you for sharing
EF 50 prime f1.8 Sigma EX 17-35 Sigma EX 10 prime ...
Posted: 02/13/2013, 14:56:55 PM
Good info for beginners thanks Tamara!
Posted: 02/13/2013, 15:49:20 PM
good tips, but if you want to have health eyes for the rest of your life please buy two more lights and burn the background at shoot time. the money you spend will be recovered after years from not going to doctors, not having big glasses and a generally good health (cervical pains go away!) Trust me, old King here, working with PC from 20 years, I cry for the new kids generation working on pc from 4 years old. Your King out.
Nikon. 4x4 car for wildlife adventures. Inkscape for vectors. Love & p...
Posted: 02/14/2013, 01:05:09 AM
Topaz Remask is worth the money!
Nikon D7100
Posted: 02/14/2013, 04:05:05 AM
Good tip on the curves, nover thought of that.
Nikon D3100, Inkscape, Imagination, Hands
Posted: 02/14/2013, 04:08:04 AM
Great blog, thank you for sharing!
900 --- Photoshop---Illustrator --- Panasonic LX5 --- Cinema 4d --- ...
Posted: 02/14/2013, 05:48:29 AM
lens. Alien bees studio lights....
Posted: 02/14/2013, 15:58:20 PM
Good article! Thanks for sharing!
softbox 60x90 cm 2x...
Posted: 02/14/2013, 18:22:51 PM
Thanks for sharing, very useful.
and equipment: - Nikkor 70-300 mm - Nikkor 18-105 mm...
Posted: 02/15/2013, 10:17:00 AM
Some good ideas but no one has said anything about achieving this in far better way using layers in photoshop.
I would suggest that one does a simple Google search for " Remove background in Photoshop" and you will firstly lots of Utube videos on the subject, elsewhere you will find tutorials and probably will find an action already created by a KIND Photoshop expert that is willing to share their knowledge with the WWW.

Layers are the answer to this problem and you will achieve a PROFESSIONAL finish everytime and once you have done it a few times it will easily fit into your workflow and help reduce the number of images rejected.

Oh, lastly layers are the NON distructive way of modifying your images.

Lastly, I would also reccomed that you go to "dpriew" the camera site and see what users their have to say about "Topaz Remask" before you start to use it.
Nikon D800, Canon G11(converted to IR)
Posted: 02/15/2013, 15:23:03 PM
Montylola, the above methods (Photoshop and Remask) use layers already. I would agree that using layers is essential; Photoshop allows the option to create a new layer when you are creating your mask, and Remask automatically places your cut out into a new layer. Layers alone aren't the answer - you still need to create a mask for your subject.

As to the Dpreview forum, if you are referring to the transparency issue Remask had, that has been rectified, quite some time ago.
Sony A6000, Sony RX100M3
Posted: 02/15/2013, 16:28:44 PM
Good tips! Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 02/16/2013, 13:32:12 PM
thanks, i like this !
Canon T2i and 5D classic, 85mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, Canon 70-200 F2.8 L IS...
Posted: 02/17/2013, 14:52:29 PM
Some very good tips in this article! But I'm surprised that Photoshop's "Refine Edge" command wasn't mentioned in the article or by anyone adding a comment. This is an amazing feature in Photoshop which started with CS3 and is really powerful now in PS CS5 forward. Here's a link to a pretty good video tutorial on the Refine Edge command...

Refine Edge tutorial

..masking hair is a snap with this technique as long as there's a bit of contrast between the hair color and the background.

Thanks for writing the article!
Nikon, Adobe and Macintosh
Posted: 02/17/2013, 23:31:57 PM
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