PRC & SSW Administrator
CS3 has some better selection tools, but in CS2 I always used the "Polygonal Lasso Tool" to make a selection just outside of the object. Once you get back to the starting point, the ants start marching. Then, I just click on the layer mask icon, at the bottom of the layers palette. This will mask out the background and you'll see the mask thumbnail, to the right of your object on the layers palette. With the mask active, I choose the Brush Tool, making sure that Black is the foreground color, and clean up the edges of the object. This acts like an eraser. Zooming in to about 300% makes it a lot easier to trim close. This method doesn't destroy any pixels, it just masks them. If you find that you removed something you didn't mean to, just hit the "X" key, which toggles the default colors, and paint the missing part back in. I keep one finger on the "X" key while using the brush tool and toggle back and forth frequently. Changing the size of the brush on the fly is easy also, just use the bracket keys...left [ = smaller right ] = largerguy48065 said:OK I'll start off with what appears to be a tough task. I want to take a photo of an object--my Rzr for example--and eliminate all traces of the busy multi-colored background in order to place it in a different environment. I know a simple uniform background can be converted to a transparency but I don't know how to deal with a busy background that contains some of the colors of the object (which seems to fool the handy auto-select tools).
I have CS2 and 5.0LE to play with and can probably get a pirate version of almost anything. (not that I would advocate such irresponsible and unethical behavior...LOL!)
LOL! Anything looks hard until you know how. If you can upload an original (camera resolution) to your Photobucket page and post a link (not Img code), I'll use your pic to do a tutorial on the method I described. Once you do it a couple times, it almost becomes second nature. Photoshop is just a tool, and like any other tool, the more you use it the less you have to think about it...guy48065 said:Yikes! Looks like I'm going to school! :wink:
I do want to learn how and anything has to be better than erasing one pixel at a time in Paint. :roll: