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Hi people, I am new to this forum and really want you guys to look beyond my mistakes if I make any. The thing is I want to learn how to remove any back ground from any image, which software should I use and is it really very tough?. How much time would it require to master in this section?.

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There's a few ways to achieve this.

 

Sometimes the Magic Wand :MagicWandTool: will do.  You may have to adjust the tolerance settings for the best results

 

Then there's this tutorial https://forums.getpaint.net/topic/13796-cutting-out-images/

 

or this tutorial can be the quickest way ... https://forums.getpaint.net/topic/114692-video-tutorial-removebg-and-paintnet/

 

Time ?  It can vary on how 'busy' the background is, or how intricate the object/ person is you want to keep.

Like all things, the more you practice, the more proficient you become

 

 

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Often you will have to use both the Wand Tool and The Eraser Tool as demonstrated in the video below:

(However, I would use the enlarged Eraser first to get rid of big portions of the background,

and then zoom in to use a much smaller Eraser to get in close and clean up the remaining

background elements that are next to the main image.)


I would zoom in much closer and use the Eraser with a 2 pixel width to really get in close. Next I would use a Feathering plugin to soften the edges around my main subject before merging the background and foreground.

There are Feathering plugins included in Boltbait's plugin pack:

https://forums.getpaint.net/topic/113220-boltbaits-plugin-pack-for-pdn-v41-and-beyond-updated-december-1-2018/

 


 

 

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Welcome to the forum @mariah!  

 

There are lots of knowledgeable people here who can answer your questions; just ask!  :)

 

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I have use a similar method but instead of tracing with cyan; I use magenta.
After the subject is traced, I select the Fill Bucket and a tolerance of ~70-75% to fill the background and other enclosed traced areas.
Next I paint using magenta the background areas that did not fill.
Last I use the Wand Tool to remove the magenta.

 

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Techniques are always subject to personal preference, but in my experience Alpha Masking will always give a superior cutout than the magic wand.  

It retains all sharpness and curves.  I've used the line tool method and magic wand/ eraser method for cutting out and will go to my grave swearing that using a mask will give the best results every time ... but just my opinion.  It's what works best for the original poster ... seeing as we're all old hands and maybe stuck in our ways

 

Made using @TrevorOutlaw's tutorial I linked to in my first post.  

 

mask-v-magic-wand-2.png

 

 

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A plugin that is not getting enough attention is TechnoRobb's Alpha Cutter.

 

Even though the use of remove.bg website helps to isolate a subject from the background, sometime it doesn't work.  When that happens, I will default to Alpha Cutter and work very patiently.  Pro tip: if you feel the plugin lags, reduce the size of your photograph between 40 to 60%, and it will speed up the use of Alpha Cutter.

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There is also a limit to the file sizes the free version remove.bg will handle.

The report is that the free version has a file size limit of 0.25 megapixels.
If your image has an aspect ratio of 16:9 your image can only be as large as 667 x 375 pixels.

I have used and have recommended TR's Alpha Cutter. Have not use it in a while.
I will have to revisit it. At the time that I was using it; I was having problems managing the zoom feature.

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The cutout image from remove.bg is increased in size to match the bigger sized image.  Quality doesn't matter because it's being turned into a mask.

 

I've used the technique on a 5000 x 3000 canvas with great results

 

But again, it's what each individual finds best.  I just prefer a few clicks preferable to intricate line work for getting as much detail as possible (hair wisps etc)

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I have used masking often, but for adding highlights and shadows to the edges of text and shapes. I will try your recommendation.

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8 hours ago, HyReZ said:

I will try your recommendation.

 

You may not like it.  May love it

It's like all in life,  what works for one isn't necessarily for everyone

 

... I hope after all this deliberation the original poster tries at least one of the three ways recommended 😉

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Thank you people for the amazing ideas. I have gone through some of the websites that really helped me. I have one question, should I just learn photo shop or I should just use some of the other software that does the job for me ?

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HI XOD, I really loved the way you have changed the background. This is actually a lot of work. Are there any software which will automatically change it for me in no time?

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33 minutes ago, mariah said:

I have one question, should I just learn photo shop or I should just use some of the other software that does the job for me ?

 

Only yourself can answer that. 

Pay for PS or achieve the same thing for free in PDN using one of the 3 ways answered above. 

 

For me it's a no-brainer ...  but you may think differently.  

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On 11/9/2019 at 11:35 PM, welshblue said:

 

Only yourself can answer that. 

Pay for PS or achieve the same thing for free in PDN using one of the 3 ways answered above. 

 

For me it's a no-brainer ...  but you may think differently.  

Hi welshblue, thankyou for your comment, yes after all the search I have concluded to give PS a shot for that, but the thing is they take money. On the other hand you are suggesting to use PDN, which I have never heard of, have to search it as well. Thanks for your reply though.

 

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