Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A Better Background
Change the background for a cooler image
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As with darkening the background, using the Blur tool to soften the background probably would result in a background that looks unevenly blurred and, worse yet, fake. For an evenly blurred background, one option is to use the Gaussian Blur filter as a Smart Filter. Here's the quick fix.
Again, that mask is originally filled with white (shown here), as with an Adjustment Layer. As before, select black as the foreground color, select a soft brush and paint over the main subject, the man, in this example. The result is that the man is sharp and the background is evenly blurred.
Well, that's it for this quick fix, or two quick fixes, in this case. I hope to see you back here in the next issue.
Rick Sammon is a longtime friend of and writer for this magazine. Get to know him better at www.ricksammon.info.
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