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Old 09-12-2008, 14:57   #1 (permalink)
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Removing background from images

Hi,

I am designing a catalog however the photos have a background, for
example the pictures are of shoes but i can see the table the shoe is
sitting on and the background behind the shoe, is there a way to cut
the shoes out in Photoshop so the background is removed?

Thanks
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Old 09-12-2008, 16:06   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Removing background from images

Hi Alex, there are several ways of removing backgrounds in photoshop, it does take a while though for each shot. If you've got alot of shots and are working on a brochure, it's easier to take the photographs on a plain background.
One way would be to use the magnetic lassoo tool to go round the edge of the shoes and then invert the selection and use the background removal tool to remove the background. Probably not the best way, but I'm not that good with photoshop. I'm sure someone with more expertise will be along soon.
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Re: Removing background from images

Another method which is quite easy is to use the Extract tool in photoshop, there are many tutorials on the net showing you how its done. This one here ---> Click Here shows you how to do it.
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Re: Removing background from images

Thanks for that, I'll certainly give that one a go.
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Re: Removing background from images

Welcome to Pixalo Alex

As has been said, there are many ways to do this, each with its own advantages. a lot will depend on the picture.

Sarah has hit the nail on the head - if you took the pictures with the shoes in a light tent it would save you loads of time in post processing.

If you upload one or two and check your allow edit option in your user control panel, other members will be able to show you what can be done to give you a steer.
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Re: Removing background from images

For a catalogue you will probably want good results which unfortunately take time, paths is the best but most fiddly method. Extract can often give good results but probably the best compromise between results obtained and speed of use is Mask pro from On One.
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Re: Removing background from images

You may want to give Fluid Mask 3 a try.

It's a PS Plug-In OR stand alone.

There are great tutorials on the website also.

Here's the website for further info.

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Re: Removing background from images

I use the eraser tool but its very time consuming, but the best about this method is you can plant the picture on any other picture, such as eg. a pair of wellies could be planted on top of a very muddy field or rainy scene but as I said its not something you cant do in five minutes, you do a little at a time and if you mess up make sure the programme you are using can retrace your steps!
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