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Changing Scenes, Removing Backgrounds, Altering Reality

Tutorials demonstrating techniques for removing and changing backgrounds in a photo, isolating and replacing objects in a scene, and altering reality.

Replace a Dull Sky
Learn how to replace a dull, boring sky in your photo with a more interesting one. In this tutorial you will work with layers, adjustment layers, masks, levels, hue/saturation adjustments, and gradients. Written for Photoshop Elements but Photoshop will work, too.

Magnetic Lasso Tool
Use the magnetic lasso tool and quick mask mode in Photoshop 5 to remove a complex background from an image in less than 10 minutes.

Extract Command in Photoshop 5.5
Learn about the new Extract command in Photoshop 5.5.

Background Eraser
Removing the background is easy using the background eraser tool in Photoshop 5.5. Step-by-step instructions for using the background eraser tool to erase the sky and leave only the jets and vapor trails.

Removing Backgrounds
Step-by-step tutorials for using the background eraser tool, channel masks, the magnetic lasso tool, the pen tool, and combining several techniques for making more complex selections.

Changing a Head
Work with paths, transformations, levels, and layers to swap out a person's head in a photo.

Cutting Out Hair
In this tutorial, a dog is extracted from the background using layers, the background eraser, and the history brush.

Defringing Unwanted Halos
Use the defringe command in Photoshop to remove unwanted halos from images with transparent backgrounds.

Going from Brunette to Blond
"Changing hair color - digitally -- is often simply a matter of adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. However, when the hair needs substantial lightening, such as when converting from brunette to blond, the Selective Color command may be more effective."

Photoshop Painting Techniques: Hair and Fur
"In the olden days, there weren't any really great ways to create hair and fur effects. But Photoshop 7 will allow you to design your hair strand by strand and generate a highly complex effect with little effort."

Using Clipping Paths
How to use clipping paths to knock out the background in a bitmap image.

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