7 Replies Latest reply on Aug 16, 2017 7:37 AM by charlesd8830180

    Removing a background

    charlesd8830180 Level 3

      Out studio has limited space but I enjoy using a slider and getting creative with angles and such, the only problem is that because it's so small when I pan a little left or right I get the studio lights and background - which obviously I don't want.


      I'm curious what the best solution for removing it would be? does anyone have a video I could reference? Luckily it's only going to need to match the white behind the actress, which I'll raise the levels for so it's a cleaner white (Besides the point)


      I do come up with the issue a lot, either the actresses arm will over extend out of the white background and I'd like to able to use the footage and just edit the background to a clean white.


      image attached for reference.




      Many thanks,



        • 1. Re: Removing a background
          eikonoklastes Level 4

          You could probably save yourself a lot of work if you add more white sheets to the background to cover pretty much everything that can be possibly covered, that might be in your shot.


          Coming specifically to your question, you'll have to mask out the background and reveal a solid white layer underneath (or something that matches your video background, if you choose not to take it to a clean white). For the sides, it's probably best to keyframe a mask manually.


          For the arm sticking out beyond the white background, you could try using the Roto Brush tool to automate the masking, failing which you'll have to manually keyframe a mask for that too.

          • 2. Re: Removing a background
            kirkeric Adobe Community Professional

            If it were me, I'd use that red arm on that light, track it, mask out a copy of the background and slide it behind that light arm.


            Looks fairly straight forward, though I can't tell how much slide you have.



            • 3. Re: Removing a background
              charlesd8830180 Level 3

              Would you by chance know of a video showing this?


              It doesn't slide too much, more or less what you see above both left and right.


              Thank you for responding!

              • 4. Re: Removing a background
                kirkeric Adobe Community Professional

                There are numerous videos on this, here is one that gets to the gist.  It says face tracker but basically you'd mask that light arm in same fashion.




                Once you track it, that will allow you to place a background beneath the light that matches your white.  I'd just chop a piece of that white part out, give it a good feather on left side and where it meets desk.


                Parent the inserted background to the tracked mask for the light arm.  That should about do it.


                Keep in mind, there are numerous ways to do this.


                You could also just use the AE Camera tracker which is pretty solid.  In either case, you will want that light arm and the desk masked out on a top layer in order to place the white piece beneath.



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                • 5. Re: Removing a background
                  charlesd8830180 Level 3

                  The video you linked doesn't work but I think I get the gist of what you're describing,


                  if you wouldn't mind re-posting the video so I have something to base your comments on I'd appreciate that!

                  • 6. Re: Removing a background
                    kirkeric Adobe Community Professional

                    oh, let me try again on that link.  I had to type it manually.




                    I believe this works.


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                    • 7. Re: Removing a background
                      charlesd8830180 Level 3

                      Thanks Eric