photoshop cs3 dilemma

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by emt8q5, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. emt8q5 macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2007
    hey folks,

    I am doing a favor for a friend of mine and am trying to crop a picture of his granddaughter out of a photo, turn it to black and white, and isolate the child on a solid colored background. I am having trouble accurately cropping the child out of the image while keeping the edges around the baby's head smooth. I've included a screenshot to show my dilemma. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance!!

  2. MattSepeta macrumors 65816


    Jul 9, 2009
    375th St. Y

    Do not use the magnet lasso. Use the pen tool then turn the path into a selection.

    Or Hit Q to enter quickmask mode then use pant brushes to brush in the baby, then hit Q again to make it a selection.

    Then you can use select-> refine edge tools to refine your edge
  3. jampat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2008
    You may also have better luck by selecting the surrounding information. The green sweater should be easier to select than the baby. Also you can try viewing one of the RGB channels instead of all 3. Sometimes selections are a lot easier in one channel than the others.
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Making good selection is an art. don't expect any of the automated tools to do it in one shoot. It will give yo a start then you will need to add bits and remove bits.

    Sometimes selecting the background is easier, then you "invert" the selection.

    Most Photoshop books have an entire chapter in selections. It's a fundamental skill that takes time to master.

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