P1W1 – Cutouts

The assignment was to practice using Photoshop to cut the subject/background out of photos. The full cutout takes out everything but the subject, and the partial cutout takes a portion of the background.

Full Cutout

Before

full-before
Clock Tower
Date: Sept 24, 2011, Afternoon
Location: Downtown Spokane, WA
F-Stop: 13
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Camera: Sony DSC-W330
Edits: Levels, Vibrance

After

full-cutout

Process

Easy enough in theory – the near-solid blue background should make this simple geometric shape easy. However, the finer details at the top of the tower became tricky. I ended up making my brush about 1px wide in order to cutout the bits of sky between the clock filigree and star. Even so, some of the blue sky still shows in its reflection.

Partial Cutout

Before

partial-before
Mossy Shed
Date: Sept 25, 2011, Evening
Location: Elma, WA
F-Stop: 4.7
Shutter Speed: 0.2941
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L100
Edits: Levels, Vibrance, Saturation, Vignette

After

partial-cutout

Process

This was a more difficult shape and background to work with – the subject’s coloring was similar enough to the background for the quick selection tool to have quite a bit of a problem with it. This is evident in the plant sticking out at the top left, where bits of dark background can be seen between the leaves.

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