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Flex Horse 10-13-2010 08:38 PM

Question for all the HF Photoshop Gurus!
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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!

Poco1220 10-13-2010 08:42 PM

Which version of Photoshop do u have?
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Fifty 10-13-2010 08:47 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

Flex Horse 10-13-2010 08:48 PM

Hi Poco - Version CS2 but i have downloaded a free trial of CS5 (& it is a lot more confusing to me!)

Zeke 10-13-2010 08:49 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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Flex Horse 10-13-2010 08:49 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!

Flex Horse 10-13-2010 08:50 PM

Thanks Zeke - i shall try the black/white option. Thank you

Poco1220 10-13-2010 09:00 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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