A photographer and I (art direction and styling) shot this image yesterday on a white background. It was shot with a Hassie, and the image is quite large (and the detail and shadows are great).
I want to change the background color (white) to something else. And I want to hold the shadows created by the candies. Katrin Eismann's book Photoshop Masking and Compositing is a little older.
Does anyone have some thoughts using PShop CS5 as the app, to achieve what I see as a very tedious task?
I do not recommend working in L*a*b, though, it’s just that with some photograph the a- and b-channels offer a fairly good basis for selecting color regions so I usually transfer them back from a converted copy of the image.
That's exactly what I did.
LAB did offer a better way to get more blacks, and after I had a decent mask, I moved it back to the original (isn't there a saying about "great minds"?).
And, of course, after a couple of hours of work, I had achieved my objective.
I still wish there were a quicker way of getting this done, and perhaps someone out there will give me an education.