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10 October 2003, 06:38 AM
Hi guys - I need your help once again...

I am trying to take one image and paste it as a new layer onto another picture.

My problem lies in the white lines that seem to surround the layered image...

Can someone tell me how to fix this so that there is no surrounding white line?

Any help will be appreciated!

10 October 2003, 12:26 PM
how are you cutting it out from the other image?

10 October 2003, 07:01 PM
the trick's basically NOT to cut it out... you just mask the part out you don't need - but this has to be done precisely ...after you've finished your mask you may decide if it's enough for your purpose or not...then you can if you like 'fade' the mask near all edges by a painting with approx 50-80 % grey on the mask...

now you know about the rough principles of this technique...if you know nothing about masking in the first place please start with the manual it'll help you out - masking is one of the most important techniques used (imho)...beside that if you mask something out you can always get the rest of the pic back if you need it...

greets :beer:

10 October 2003, 07:09 PM
LOL.. this funnier than it is scary.

zoom it with a small soft eraser and rerase the white edges.. using th eshift key you can click in one place and then click to the next place to remove short sections of it.

You'll need to also do some color correction to make him fit more into the picture.

I think you shoudl totally darken this image and give it a bluish tinit.. Jason comes out at nigth.. and it's not at all scary with him in this lighting.

10 October 2003, 01:55 AM
quick and easy:

ctrl-click the layer with jason, it will select the layer.

ctrl-d the layer for feathering the selection, use something very small, like .5 pixels.

ctrl-shift-i to invert the selection (selecting teh empty areas now)

delete to get rid of the already empty areas, and a touch of the border. you might need to delete a couple times to get the right look

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10 October 2003, 04:38 AM
Thanks for the feedback - here is the finished result...

The guy in the Jason mask is me - I custom made the mask from a $5.00 one I got at Spencer Gifts.

What do you think?

10 October 2003, 04:41 AM
>>What do you think?

It's much better but I still think it should be darker overall if you want it to have any drama.. however the back ground image is a much better one

10 October 2003, 05:39 AM
I've been playing around a bit more. I took the advice and darkened the pictures to make it look more ominous.

10 October 2003, 05:40 AM

10 October 2003, 11:22 AM

No offense SwatZeR, but those pics really are comedy gold... you'll need to come up with something a little less cheesy if you intend to scare anyone... the way it is you'll have the victims lauging! :scream:

(sorry I have nothing constructive to add, you're last images look quite fine technically!)

10 October 2003, 01:51 PM
They weren't intended to scare you! I was going for the "Postcards from Jason" look. He travels the world and takes pictures of himself.

I was playing around with the pictures by cutting and pasting them onto the different backgrounds...

10 October 2003, 01:55 PM
It looks like you have the extractions down really well now, nice job.

I'd like to suggest a couple things that can be used for compositing, to help add to the image.

First is to blend the extracted subject(s) into the bg scene more. Light sources and whatnot aside, because that's a given if you want your composite to even get close to looking like an original. Try this method, i've used it for years and it works not too bad on about 90% of images.
Duplicate your bg photo and gBlur it a lot. At least 20-30 pixels. You want an extreme blending of all the colours. Set this layer to softlight and drop the Opacity down until your eyes tell you you've got the right level. Basically this is overlaying the colours/ombience from the bg scene into the subject.

The example i did up is set to Hardlight @85% opacity. And i used Levels to brighten up the gBlurred dupe layer. Experiment.

eg. if you were actually standing in that bright green forest in your last example image, your shiny, reflective white mask would have hues of the scenery in its colour. As would other parts of the subject. The blade for instance, and your skintone would be tainted by it. The degree to which this ombient saturation occurs is dependant on each photo, and would have to be calculated accordingly.

Second... don't be afraid to "lose" the subject in the image if it helps add to the focal point or create interest in some way. As a minor example, i've created a slight motion blur in your image to try and make the viewer feel a sense of urgency in what they're seeing.

Hope that info can help you with future projects. Keep at it. :thumbsup:

It should be duely noted that this example is just that, an example... and not something to be considered a finished composite in any way.


10 October 2003, 11:19 AM
I must say that this picture is very good.
The light reflection is so good, keep going with this kind of art.

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