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furniture photo mask, newbie

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  1. barclayjohnmoore

    barclayjohnmoore New Member

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    Hey,
    I don't even know where to start. I just want to mask this piece of furniture in a black background. The busy edges make it difficult to mask and maybe someone could just lay out a plan with the best tool choice and methodology to get me started. I have always done it with a pint brush and steady hand, slowly. yuk.
    thanks
    barclay
     
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    The edges are a bit too blurry for the scissors to do a a proper job (or yo have to do a lot of adjustments).

    Given the regular shapes, your best bet is to use the path tool. This took me under 10 minutes:

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    But your photo is rather low quality... there are places where it is a pixel soup. Pictures from a DSLR (even an entry level one) are much easier to work on. I'm not sure I have cut at the right place at the top.
     
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    Well done and quick. I will look into learning how to use the path tool, whatever that is , thanks.
     
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    Thanks again, you are on top of it. I will study and get better. I make furniture, but I must document the stuff too. thanks again. barclaymoore.com
     
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    First open your image and duplicate the layer.Make the original invisible by clicking the eye on the left of the layer.Work on the duplicate you created.
    If you use the paths tool and get it just about where you want it.Right click your path layer, and do a path to selection. Now select invert.
    Right click your image layer and select Add a layer mask (white full opacity). Fill the selection with black. Be sure to click on the mask IN the layer and you will be able to go in and touch up areas that are a little off by just painting more mask in or more mask out.
    Just remember black=transparent and white = non transparency.
    Create another layer and color it white.Place it on the bottom of the layer stack for a back drop.
    ofnuts you did an excellent job on that with the paths tool.
    Here is an image of what i mean.Click the image for a larger view.
     

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    This is why I will use Gimp. You guys are awesome. Finally I will understand how to mask. thanks , b
     
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    We are always glad to help if we can here at Gimper. :)
     
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    I will let you know how it goes with other photos, when I have time to play with it more. I cannot run a path as nice as ofnuts yet. thanks. b
     
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    Not very hard... just learn to zoom when necessary (if your mouse has a wheel, Ctrl-mousewheel)
     
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    Maybe my prob, I am using a apple track pad.
     

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