Editing photos has always been regarded as something best left to advanced geeks and professionals. It seems to me, though, that everybody with a camera, a computer and an Internet connection should be able to get some personal satisfaction from this “advanced” technique.
It isn’t hard to do, but you will need to give it your attention, especially at first until you get some experience with it. Don’t let that bother you. You’ve learned to operate woodworking tools and possibly drive a motor vehicle. They’re lots harder to master. You can do this.
The sort of editing of which I speak is the technique used to take an unsatisfactory background out of the photo and put something else there. A photograph, a plain color of any sort, a bit map texture, lots aof things can be plugged into the space where the original background was.
What’s needed? The main thing is a photoediting program that provides the feature of masking. It’s a process in which you use a tool to draw the outline of the subject. When you get clear around the object, the mask will appear. Depending on how you choose the mask tool to work, either the subject will be covered with the mask or else the background will be. The object is to have the subject amtter you want to keep covered with the mask, leaving the background available for editing. The link below will download a PDF file with pictures and text to illustrate the process.
Remember this. You don’t always have to replace or remove the background. It can be altered by introducing blur, for example, which will make it look like the background is out of focus. It can be made darker or lighter, it can be “painted” with the pallet colors using the “paintbrush” tool. The effects are many and all of them are available with this tool.
Have fun with your photos.
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