Separating Complex Objects or hair from Background/image

India
August 29, 2012 10:46am CST
I am a Photoshop user but I am not a professional that is why I cannot perform and know most of the things which a professional Photoshop user do or know but I want to learn those things and internet is helping me in that, hopefully I would be able to perform and do most of the things which by which I can get desire image. I think, using pen tool for is important tool for separating things from a image but I think some it is very hard and we need information about the Photoshop tools and features to perform it easily or with the helps of some tricks and tips. I know mylot is a good place to share information and I know there would Mylotter who would be really ready to help us out to give possible information and help. so my questions are. why do you feel it is hard to separate hair or object form background or same color background? how do you do it? what can be the ways to do it easily?
3 responses
@Naseem00 (1998)
• Pakistan
30 Aug 12
You are correct the pen tool is the best way is to draw outlines of images in order to cut the backgrounds etc. However if you are dealing with images which have hairs or fur like textures then you should consider using the Extract command which is widely used by Photographers as that is pretty quick specially if your images are of High resolution and having good contrast between background and foreground.
• India
1 Sep 12
yes, pen tool is very useful tool to select and separate the object we want. I am not aware about the Extract command but I am going to search the tutorials about it I hope I would get the tutorial which would have solution to separate complex object like hair easily. it is hard to extract images and separate things from each other if it has similar background and foreground color, we cannot use tools like magnetic lasso tool for this kind of images.
@Naseem00 (1998)
• Pakistan
1 Sep 12
Yes lesso does not work good when we have foreground similar to background. Same is the case of the extract filter. Here is a tutorial for extract command. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBa5jVDdyXY but like I said, it will only be good if your image is 1. Hight resolution 2. background is in contrast to the subject/foreground. Pen tool is the best and my all time favorite.
• India
2 Sep 12
thanks for the link of tutorial about extract tool but it is CS5 and I am using CS3 hope I would be able to perform the same steps in CS3 as well. I will check and download other tutorial about extract tool and I hope I get good tutorials.
@yugasini (12763)
• Anantapur, India
29 Aug 12
Hi GajaGamini, I too do not know about photo shop,for your information I donot know how to reduce the size of the photo also. I too wish to learn photo shop is it easy to learn through online? or it is hard to learn photo shop? Is there any online course is there for photo shop to know and learn the techniques,have a nice day.
• India
1 Sep 12
Hi Yugasini. Photoshop is really a fantastic software for image editing and designing. It depends on our creativity and how much we can explore the Photoshop tools and other features. in Photoshop there is ways to do a specific thing but if we have knowledge about the colors, color combination, design skill, etc then you can do super job in Photoshop. if yo have Photoshop at home then you can download pdf files, see articles, watch/download videos and learn Photoshop and if you do not have Photoshop then you can download Gimp which is a freeware image editing features and you can download its tutorial from http://www.deviantart.com/ which is very good site for tutorials and other stuff.
@vanessa11 (296)
• Philippines
29 Aug 12
Magnetic Lasso tool is what I use when separating object from background. You may search the internet for some tips with a step by step picture to do this since it's a bit hard explaining it =D Happy learning!
• India
30 Aug 12
yes, magnetic lasso tool is good tool to separate object but if we have black background then it would very hard to separate the object. same with the case with same background color. magnetic lasso tool is helpful to select clear and two different color pattern but if colors are similar then it is hard and it will get confuse and it will go anywhere. I have few videos which I have downloaded from Youtube and I have a pdf file as well but they are not much helpful. I would share the links very soon......