Monthly Archives: August 2015

separating an object from its background in a photograph using photoshop

I have been asked how I replaced a player’s rugby ball with a phone, with the tutorial for that here. But I have also been asked how to separate an object from its background which I will guide you through in this tutorial. This is the example that is used in 15 Rugby Magazine. Here you see the player sliding from off the screen right into view in quite a realistic manner. This can be tricky to do and the prerequisites are that you need an image that does not have too complex of a background. Furthermore the object you would like to move should hopefully be easy to isolate from its background or surrounding objects and features. In this image the grass and the background are quite simple – this is ideal because later on we are going to clone parts of it to fill in the area our object once resided in. The first thing we want to do is isolate our player so we can have a separate layer with just our rugby player. To do this we use the magnetic lasso tool. Ensure your frequency is set to 70 and adjust your contrast accordingly. The contrast setting is how photoshop determines the edge of the object you are trying to select. If the object has a similar colour and brightness to its background you will need to adjust your settings. Go around the object with the magnetic lasso tool and take extra care when doing so. Go slowly and steadily. When you have reached the point you started at and the object has a selection line round it. Right click and select “Layer via Copy”. This will take your object onto its own layer. Go ahead and use the move tool to move your object around. Now chances are it is not a clean cut out with parts of the background still attached to your object. What you will need to do now is to use the eraser tool to remove the small sections of background still attached. Zoom in really close to an affected area. Select the eraser tool. Change its size until it is quite small. Select a brush shape that has feathering around it i.e. not a solid circle but one with a soft edge. This will allow you to clean away parts of the new layer without it looking like it was badly cut out in Microsoft paint. Depending on how well you cut out your object you may find that you have to clean up quite a few areas until you are happy with your cut out. When you move this cut out layer you realise that below is a static version of your object still stubbornly part of the original image. Now the next step is to replace it with more of the background! This part requires careful consideration of how realistic your background should look. Your aim is to make this background look as if there was no object, in this case rugby player, in it at all! For this we use the clone tool. In this image the background has a common horizontal

10 reasons to do work experience

At, we’ve battled our way through the world of entry-level jobs and we’ve done our share of making coffee-after-coffee for people who think they’re doing us a favour. Your turn!

Graphic Design intern wanted
Read on for 10 reasons why unpaid or internship experience can be the difference between getting on your dream career path and just getting another skinny latte.
We’ve been inspired to create a work experience position at our HQ for an aspiring Graphic Designer currently in undergraduate study.

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#digifiroundup: Samsung, Vinli, and Electric Motorways

Each Monday, we’ll take a look at the previous week and!

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Weird and Wonderful Wearable Tech

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The Habits of Brits: Social Media, Online News and Mobile Apps

The Ofcom 2015 Communications Market Report was released last week, and it revealed some interesting findings about the behaviours of people living in the UK. For example, can you believe sending and receiving email is the second most common internet activity after general web browsing? We would have thought it would be Candy Crush.

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