Photoshop Masking Tutorial for a Complicated Image

Rokaiya Yeasmin Munni | May 2, 2011

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One of Photoshop’s best forces is its effective image masking techniques such as Magnetic Lasso, Quick Mask, Magic Wand, Pen Tool, Color Range Feature and Background Eraser Tool. Some people like to mask a complicated image usually by following a simple route. Photoshop gives a color range features, allowing shifting a background without doubt.

In this tutorial, we’ll look at one simple technique for shifting a background by color range feature from menu in Photoshop. Color range feature is a quickly process to select an object from its background. But it does contain its bound and it creates a selection according to color. At this situation for an object needs different color than its background.

Now, see the step by step color range features using process to change a background in the tutorial. At first the final result has been shown in this tutorial by presenting the “before” and “after” image.

Step-1:
Access the file you wish to work with and create a duplicate layer of the image from menu. The reason for doing this is so you can preserve the original and work on the duplicate layer/ Remember to conceal the background by switching off the visibility icon.

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Step-2:
From the menu, select >Color Range< when its dialog box opens, select the left “Eye Dropper Tool”.  At this point you can click on the background color in the image window. This would automatically turn the selected color to white.

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Hint:
You’d need to adjust the fuzziness slider till the image appears mostly as a black image on a clear white background. To input a color to the selection, choose the eyedropper option with the plus (+) sign. Click on the image and select OK.

Step-3:
At this point, you should notice that the White background color has automatically been placed around the image. Click on the Delete key but be sure that you are working on the “background copy” layer. This way, nothing gets altered in the original.

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Step-4:
To access the background image you’d wish to place behind this photo, select the entire image (Ctrl + A), copy it (Ctrl + C) and paste it on the file you were working on (Ctrl + V). Ensure that the new background image is positioned underneath the masked layer.

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At this point, you should be able to view the photo along-side its new background. A variety of methods can be implemented to get a much better image result/outlook (Hint: With the help of an Eraser Tool, you can apply a little touch-up to certain portions of the background.)

Of course there are instances of complex images which would require a much different image masking approach. It is advisable to have an expert handle your image masking woes. We provide experts who are trained professionals at doing things like this.

You can also try some of these tutorials…
How to mask an image?

Image Retouching

Hope this information is helpful and useful to you.

Rokaiya Yeasmin Munni

As manager and head of digital marketing at Clipping Path India, Rokaiya wants to help retailers and photographers use marketing strategies and tactics that will elevate their business. She has an 18-year background in graphic design, content management and digital marketing.

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