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Why is it so hard to remove gray

Feb 19, 2013 2:53 AM

Why is it so hard to remove grayscale colors from backgroun. Have tried several tools and methods with very poor results. Can it be done?

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    Feb 19, 2013 3:59 AM   in reply to jopasnyt

    Please post a representative picture so that we may offer targeted guidance.

     
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    Feb 21, 2013 4:09 AM   in reply to jopasnyt

    I used the Smart brush tool (F), the one with the gears, and painted over the gray curtain. In the drop-down select "Color" , then select any color., then paint over the curtain.

     

    Of course, you can also delete the entire background if you wish, and replace it with a new background. If that is what you wish, let us know.

     

    Here is what we have so far:

     

    gray_2.jpg

     
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    Feb 22, 2013 7:34 AM   in reply to jopasnyt

    To do that, suggest that you do the following:

     

    1. Select the lady with one of the selection tools
    2. Place the selection on a new layer (CTRL+J)
    3. Place a blank layer between the background layer and the layer with the lady

    4. Fill the blank layer with a new background. I used a gradient.

     

    gray curtain_2.jpg

     
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    Feb 22, 2013 10:35 AM   in reply to jopasnyt

    You're welcome. Experiment with different backgrounds!

     
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    Feb 22, 2013 6:28 PM   in reply to jopasnyt

    For a studio portrait type background:

    1. Set Foreground/Background colors to light and dark shades of a color.

    2. Create a new layer and run Filter>Render>Clouds. To generate harsher clouds, hold Alt while doing the render. If the result is too harsh, soften with Gaussian Blur filter.

     

    bg3.jpg

     

    I have an example of this at http://forums.adobe.com/thread/986980?tstart=0, msg#4

     
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