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#1 10 years ago

I have a problem with this. I have poor technique I am sure. But whenever I cut out a photo I can never seem to get all of it. I'll miss a ton of spots and part of the background is always there. I just can't seem to do it. I use the magic wand and the eraser. It's just poor technique. Any advice or tutorials you guys could point me towards? Thanks.




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#2 10 years ago

Part of your problem is the fact that you're using a magic wand. They're coded to accept colors, and you want shapes. Use a lasso or pen tool for your rendering. Remember, the more times you click, the cleaner your render will be. Be advised though, it does take awhile.




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#3 10 years ago
-Section-;4380508Part of your problem is the fact that you're using a magic wand. They're coded to accept colors, and you want shapes. Use a lasso or pen tool for your rendering. Remember, the more times you click, the cleaner your render will be. Be advised though, it does take awhile.

Say I wanted to cut out this for example. How long would that take to do it well?

Edit: The other problems is I can't cut it out without it coming out with rough edges. How can I make them nice and smooth?




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#4 10 years ago

You can use an Eraser, set to soft, and /carefully/ work around the edges. You might want to zoom in by 150-200. Or, you can just blend it into whatever piece you're working on. Try feathering the edges.

The smaller the image, the harder it will be to get is smooth. Most people work with Stock thats 1000x800p and up.

For the picture you chose, I'd say that the body will take you at least a half an hour, that hair will probably take longer all by itself. It just happens to be one of the most difficult things to render. Fire, and different "magic" effects are also really hard to do.




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#5 10 years ago

Ok. I'll just get some practice in now. Thanks. I'd rep you if I could.




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#6 10 years ago

No problem mate. We'll have tutorial, technique and resource stickies coming soon. Good luck with your project.




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#7 10 years ago

(Sorry about the double post. I can't edit now.)

Ok. So I cut this out and I need your opinion on how I did.

I cut this picture out

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Out of this picture

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But my problem is when I try to resize it the edges come out all digital looking like this!

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So how do I fix that?! And also, how did I do cutting that picture out in general?

Edit: I didn't know how poorly I had done it. It looked alot better in the photoshop program lol.




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#8 10 years ago

The quality of the render can be fixed with the soft pixel eraser, again, going around the edges. And its looks like you didn't quite resize it enough. Certain pictures look better at different pixel X pixel ratios. It will probably look better if you make it a little smaller.

If you want to see the quality of your render before you post it, put it on a solid colored background, and see what comes up.

Also, unless you're using the image all by itself, you shouldn't worry /too/ much about the rough edges. Proper blending will hide them when you incorporate the render into a tag.




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#9 10 years ago

-Section-;4381256The quality of the render can be fixed with the soft pixel eraser, again, going around the edges. And its looks like you didn't quite resize it enough. Certain pictures look better at different pixel X pixel ratios. It will probably look better if you make it a little smaller.

If you want to see the quality of your render before you post it, put it on a solid colored background, and see what comes up.

Also, unless you're using the image all by itself, you shouldn't worry /too/ much about the rough edges. Proper blending will hide them when you incorporate the render into a tag.

Alright thanks. I'll go try again a bit later today. I'm getting busy right about now. :)




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#10 10 years ago

Do you use Gimp or photoshop? If yes, most people use the pen tool (path tool) for cutting out pictures. It's much easier to control the boundaries of what you want to be cut out.

Basically just zoom in to some 1600x percent and begin making the outline with the pen/path and just make a selection from that once your'e done.

The eraser just doesn't cut it, because it can't differentiate well enough.




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