Isolation Tutorial (Basics)

posted on 16th of january, 2008

So, I have finally launched my photography site. It is intended as a gallery to showcase my work to potential buyers and clients and organize my work into categories I see it fit. It is accompanied by a blog to muse on life & discuss my tutorials, and by referral links both for buyers and sellers. It is also intended to be a collection of tutorials on issues of noise, color correction, isolation, and so on - something that I can offer fellow photographers, both aspiring and more advanced.

Now, on to the fun part. Did you really think all the images in this blog post were born over this perfectly white background?

Well, in my first isolation tutorial, I look at the basics of isolation, and I am using a corner crop of this image of mine (the one to the left) as an example. In the second part, I will look at more complex issues of isolation (hair, fur, complex objects). Hopefully, these tutes will be of help to those who are starting to try their PS tools at isolation.

Cheers :)

Comments (1)

Posted by Notebook on January 24, 2008
Charles, well, with your "skull example" is two options: (1) use wand tool to get rid of the dark background and then use the burn tool to burn around the edges of the skull so that there are no leftovers (you might want to experiment with changing hte setting from "highlights" to "shadows" (wand tool is a less effective strategy); (2) pen tool ! set it to a small feathering though otherwise the edges will show the background color, or when you are making your selection with the pen tool "carve" a little bit into the area of the skull....

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