i'm so pissed!

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mikael's mommy's picture
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i'm so pissed!

because my husband won't let me but a back drop set up, i am stuck with my makeshift fabric set up. and because of that, all my photos from todays session with my neighbor are ruined. the fabric folds are just awful and i can't edit them out. i'm so frustrated and i am so completely embarrassed!!! what do i do? is anyone good at taking out horrid looking backgrounds?

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if you'll post an example, I can let you know whether or not I'd be of any help. I have limited skills, but they're at your disposal if I can help.

...GiGi

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I'd like to see one of them to know how bad it really is. the healing tool can work magic. Smile but that really sucks about the folds.

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Oh! I hate when that happens! you must be so frustrated! I would love to try to help. Im not too shabby depending on the job. I bet there are not as bad as what you are thinking! Big hugs!

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it really is embarrassing because i know i'm a better photographer. anyway, here it is.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladylunis/3809591834/sizes/l/

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he wont let you put one up? what about a portable one? a small one you can take down and put up when needed? I don't use fabrics very often but the couple times i have used fabric i get the same thing. Maybe if your subject was a bit further away from the back drop? I don't know. Smile I'm sure someone can fix these up for you! or at least offer tips. I am just getting reaquainted with photoshop (cs4) or else I'd fix one up for ya.

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can't see it ... just added you as a friend, if you add me back, maybe I can see it. Wink

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I know that Kelly has a pull back of the PVC set up for seamless paper! It was super cheap to make - I don't have a shot of mine, but I know that she's shared hers. Hugs!

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I'm actually going to build one too ... but will have to use it for fabric until we're done with carpet in the house ...

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I was going to suggest the PVC set up, too. I'm sorry, hun! I just added you as a contact, and hopefully we can help you iron out the wrinkles.

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I cant see them either.. do you mind pm'ing me your username on flickr so I can add you as a friend?

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my username is ladylunis

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here's my gut on the photos ... cut her out compeltely, take a good part of the background and clone a brand new complete background and then paste her into that. I know, not perfect, but it is one workaround.

okay, this is REALLY rough, but it only took me about five minutes. you can take the best photos and try something similar

kelly

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ok, that looks amazing! how did you do it?

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well, first I created a new image, about the same size as your original. I grabbed the top right rectangle of your image background, as it was the most wrinkle free, copied and pasted a couple of times into the new image, cloned it, and filled the top third. then I used the transform tool to drag it all of the way down (see the tutorial on the stretching the canvas thread I posted a couple of weeks ago). then I did a gaussian blur to even it all out. I went back to the photograph, and used the magic wand tool to select all of the pink, then I went to "select" then "inverse". I changed the feather so that it was 5-7 pixels (I forget), moved the "smooth" slider over and then copied the selected girl and pasted her into the new document. like I said, it was a rough go (as it would be better to play more with the feather to get her just right and not look so pasted in there). but it served as an example. Smile