A quickie on object isolation

posted on 5th of february, 2010

A couple of quick tips:

To have an object isolated fast and easy (as it can possibly be) first you need to shoot with that in mind. Use white background and get a light between your subject and the background. Just experiment until you get the background as white as possible.

Now to the tips:

1. Assuming you have done your best at shooting time, then you can use the dodge tool to treat the borders. It comes quite handy for the tricky edges. You can change size and hardness of the brush to suit your needs. Once you get a hold of it, you can get those complicated edges not to look as if they have been cut with scissors. :)
Of course, dodge tool for white backgrounds and burn tool for black.

2. To make sure every last bit of background is completely white (otherwise you might have your images rejected) use an adjustment layer to over saturate your image. Get that saturation slider to 100%. Of course it will look awful but you will be sure that you won't miss a bit of background. After you are done, just delete the layer and go have a cup of coffee and play with your kids for a while before doing any more work. Your eyes will be all messed up and you will make mistakes related to white balance, hue and saturation. They will need a short break.

So I hope this hasn't all been said before and that you find it useful.


Comments (7)

Posted by Joezachs on May 03, 2010
That burn and dodge tool is something I have not tried for borders. Will try it out.
Posted by Heathse on February 09, 2010
Thank you so much..trying to get the perfect white background has me tearing my hair out. I've never used the dodge tool for borders so perhaps this is what will prevent me going completely bald! Thanks again :)))
Posted by Frantab01 on February 08, 2010
thanks for sharing :)
Posted by Fultonsphoto on February 07, 2010
Thanks another good tip.
Posted by Picstudio on February 06, 2010
Great blog, thanx
Posted by Daddylongleg on February 06, 2010
very useful, thanks
Posted by Yuritz on February 06, 2010
nice advices,I'll keep in mind...cheers

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