5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 3, 2006 11:30 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Cutting out hair

    Snaz1 Level 1
      This is for the advanced users, what do you find the best way to extract backgrounds from photos with fine hairs etc... Please paste your method, for example some people use the extract tool in PS, but what can us FW users do that can do a good job ?
        • 1. Re: Cutting out hair
          Level 7
          Snaz1 wrote:

          > what do you find the best way to extract
          > backgrounds from photos with fine hairs etc...

          Soft edged eraser is a good tool to start with, as hair is rather thin
          and translucent. Erasing some of the hair from the edges (not 100% but
          making it semitransparent) lets the background shine through as it would
          in real life.

          In addition I also sometimes lighten or darken (or even colorise) the
          "edges" of the head where the hair is not solid, to match the new
          background. This needs to be done if the new background is white when
          the original background was dark, for example.

          These techniques work for me with most web-sized images. For print
          quality extractions, the Photoshop is of course a necessity.

          - Saku
          • 2. Re: Cutting out hair
            ageofem Level 1
            you could always use the pentool, then covert it to a marquee selection, then delete the background, it works for me , u must have fireworks 8 though
            • 3. Re: Cutting out hair
              Level 7
              Why convert path to marquee? Why not just use the closed path as a mask?
              Does the marquee have any advantages? I always thought the vector path was
              the fireworks way.

              Thanks,
              Tony

              "BLUE2X" <blue2x2005@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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              > you could always use the pentool, then covert it to a marquee selection,
              > then delete the background, it works for me , u must have fireworks 8
              > though


              • 4. Re: Cutting out hair
                Level 7
                Anthony Bollinger wrote:
                > Why convert path to marquee? Why not just use the closed path as a mask?
                > Does the marquee have any advantages? I always thought the vector path was
                > the fireworks way.

                It's not just the Fireworks way, it's the most efficient way and yields
                the best looking results. A mask object will anti-alias to any new
                background automatically while a bitmap with the background deleted won't.

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                • 5. Re: Cutting out hair
                  Level 7
                  Snaz1 wrote:
                  > This is for the advanced users, what do you find the best way to extract
                  > backgrounds from photos with fine hairs etc... Please paste your method, for
                  > example some people use the extract tool in PS, but what can us FW users do
                  > that can do a good job ?

                  Look at the following tutorial I wrote. There are ways to deal with more
                  complex backgrounds too but using the same basic methods. The tittorial
                  explains why using vector masks is the best way to do this and much
                  better than deleting any part of your image.

                  http://www.adobe.com/devnet/fireworks/articles/removing_backgrounds.html

                  --
                  Stéphane Bergeron
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                  http://www.webfocusdesign.com
                  blog : tutorials : articles : gallery
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