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Hi, how can I take a phto and edit it so that there is nothing in the background. I know how to crop and do altertaions to enhance it, but I would like an absoutely plain white background as though it were suspended. Instead I get the table contents or something in the background. I've tried a white sheet in the bckground, but it is not the same. I see photos like it all the time, with just the object and nothing else. Is there a program that will do this or is it simpler than that. Thanks in advance.
 
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It is often difficult to do, particularly when there is lots of fine detail in the foreground. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, the Gimp (free) and a host of other programs give you the ability to attempt it.
 
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I like to use Photoshop CS.. unfortunetaly it's pretty expensive. You can try out a 30 day trial version from Adobe. I think this is the most advanced photo-editing program out there.

There's also a lot of sites, mostly forums, that will take photo-editing requests for free.
 

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Thanks. I knew it wouldn't be as simple as it looks. I have got Paintshop Pro somwhere but it would be a couple of years old on disc I wanted something simple because I need to do it a lot.
 
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Devane said:
I wanted something simple because I need to do it a lot.
You are into an area of work that will always have a bit of a learning curve.
Once you have a go at it, you find its not that difficult and if you have a lot to do, you will pick it up fairly fast.
 
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There was recently a thread (not sure if it was here) where someone posted an image of a model, with lots of wisps of blonde hair. She was set against a solid background and it was nearly impossible to select the tiny areas of background showing through the wisps of hair. Anyhow, if you have a sample pic, I would be happy to take a shot at it with Photoshop.
 
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Thats it X----good example of the hardest type of photo to seperate background from foreground.
 

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I have got The GImp, but I just can't see how to make the background white. Is it something you have to do like in Paint and use the eraser and then fill in color or something, because if so, then I will not bother. I thought you could just select say "background" and choose a color and voila, there is the while background. Duh!
 
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As I asked you before, post your jpeg and let us have a go at it. It is very difficult to give you advice based on your verbal description.
 
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I hate cutting out pictures like that. You almost always get a bit of backround color(blue) mixed in with the foreground at the tips of the hair.

But like one person said in that other thread.. it's a crappy jpg to begin with.. so that makes it even harder to cut out.

Anyway i couldn't help you out with gimp.. never used it. :eek:
 

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Linksy, it is very nice of you to offer but I don't have one at present to send you. However, the pictures that I have had in the past are not nearly as complicated as the blonde girl and you would be able to run rings around it.
 
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If they aren't as complex, then yes it is very possible. I generally use the selection wand (not sure if the Gimp has one but Photoshop and PS Elements do) and the add to icon. Then I just click and add to the selection. There are a bunch of other tools you can use too.
 
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