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06/07/2005 01:41:03 PM · #1
1) I find sometimes when cloning my clone tool is a simple X'ed dot and other times it is a circle. At first I thought this had to do with having the pixel size set too small. I increased it toabout 90 pixels and it was still an X'ed dot.

How do I toggle this so I can get my circle back?

2) I did some shots yesterday with the "disappearing" blue background. I want to cut my figure out of the background now. What is the easiest way to do this - to cut the background out or to cut the subject out?

Thanks all!
06/07/2005 01:46:34 PM · #2
1) No idea

2) id use the polygonal lasso tool with a feather of 5 to 10 pixels it gets a nice soft effect. you can then just copy your selection and past it where u wanted it. or you can invert the selection (CTRL + SHIFT + I) and cut the blue background out.

i hope this helped you.

Message edited by author 2005-06-07 13:46:58.
06/07/2005 01:51:34 PM · #3
I've noticed the clone thing too and only thing I can figure out is one happens when I'm getting low on memory, not sure if that is it or not though.

I wonder if it would be easier to select the background with a color select tool (edited in later, I forgot it when typing) and use a feather lucas mentioned then delete it. If it isn't all one shade you can probably do a mask and touch it up more precisly. It takes me forever to use the lasso around someone. I seem to remember an EXTRACT function under IMAGE that I played with and seemed pretty easy to use too.

Good luck

Message edited by author 2005-06-07 15:34:15.
06/07/2005 02:01:08 PM · #4
1....you can toggle back and forth between the brush looking like a circle and an "x" using the caps locks. If it is an "x" and you want a circle just hit the caps.

2....I find it easiest to use the magic wand and select the background. then use the inverse and create a mask on the layer. Now you can use the mask and modify as needed, use it to make a selection to drag into another image, or add a background to this image and you still have the original in tact.

06/07/2005 02:23:36 PM · #5
I agree that creating a mask is the way to go. As far as selecting to create the mask, start with "select color range", that's why you have the uniform blue background.
06/07/2005 02:37:49 PM · #6
If the background is monotone I would use the magic wand on it
- Select-invert selection and maybe a litle fether
- Layers-New-Via copy

Then I would add new monotone (probably white) layer behind the new layer and then you can use Ereaser tool and/or Cloning or paint brush tool to touch up what you cutted out of the original layer.

Message edited by author 2005-06-07 14:38:45.
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