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How to Change the Background in a Photograph

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Building upon what we discussed on Monday, today we will actually Composite an image that one of you chose!

First, we start off by picking the best photo from the submissions. It seems like that largest struggle in the submissions was matching the lighting to the photograph we took. Although it is possible to change Light direction in a photograph it is very hard and time consuming. One of the biggest challenges after applying the new Background was making the grass line look realistic. In order to complete that task we create a new custom Brush from existing grass shapes, which is then used to define a Layer Mask.

Generally for this type of Composite we would want to spend quite a large amount of time on perfecting the masking. We tidy it up as much as we can in the 20 minutes of the tutorial, but it could be refined a bit more in my opinion.

So, let’s hear what you guys think for Halloween week! And, for tomorrow, what do you want to add to this photograph? It can be anything you dream of!


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