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    10-13-2010, 09:38 PM
Question for all the HF Photoshop Gurus!


I have been very impressed by the talent of Photoshop artists on here!

I have Photoshop but am very much an AMATEUR who has very little training in the use of the program.

I love using Photoshop but find it very time consuming and frustrating as I am not 100% sure on the best tools to use etc.

I would like to know what is the "idiot proof" way to remove a background from an image?

I would like to remove the background from the image attached and have used the poly-magnet tool without much success and the straight eraser with the imaged zoomed, however this is very time consuming and does not give a "clean" professional finish.

Any advice on what tools you use to quickly and cleanly remove a "busy" background would be much appreciated please.

Thanking you in advance for your assistance!
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    10-13-2010, 09:42 PM
Which version of Photoshop do you have?
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    10-13-2010, 09:47 PM
Hey. I use the zoom in with an eraser tool. That's how I do all of mine. Check out my DA. Frenziedshgraphics on deviantART
    10-13-2010, 09:48 PM
Hi Poco - Version CS2 but I have downloaded a free trial of CS5 (& it is a lot more confusing to me!)
    10-13-2010, 09:49 PM
I usually use mag-lasso and fine tune with poly-lasso. You're right, sometimes takes forever, especially on larger selections. But honestly so does a lot of editing work.

You could try smoothing the edges of the selection or using a small feather. Also you could set to black and white then quick select.
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    10-13-2010, 09:49 PM
Fifty you must be a lot more patient than I am. I usually use the zoom and eraser too, but it seems to take so long and I can never get it completely clean. I was hoping that there would be a more simple way? Your work is lovely by the way!
    10-13-2010, 09:50 PM
Thanks Zeke - I shall try the black/white option. Thank you
    10-13-2010, 10:00 PM
Use the cs5. If you search it on YouTube
They have a video that directly shows how to change background and reposition horses. Between the healing brush and content aware it is VERY quick and easy. :)
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