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    Default How can I remove a background behind a persons photo?

    I have a photo that has a solid color behind a headshot. The color is dark and the hair in the photo is not smooth. I want to remove all the color behind the picture and make it transparent so placing it on a website with a background will allow the background to surrond the headshot. I guess you call this a Mask? I'm new to Xara

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    Default Re: How can I remove a background behind a persons photo?

    If the image is not too big to post but a fairly good resolution I can try using my version of KnockOut for you. It is usually pretty good with hair when the background not complex.

    OR, you may be able to download a trial version from www.corel.com. It will work from within XaraXtreme.

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    Default Re: How can I remove a background behind a persons photo?

    Alos do a search on this topic here in the forum as it has been covered so many times.
    Design is thinking made visual.

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    Default Re: How can I remove a background behind a persons photo?

    You can go out to the website and pullit down. http://lisadonovan.com/assets/images...omepg_copy.jpg

    I will also go see that application since I have several of the corel tools like paintshop pro x

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    Default Re: How can I remove a background behind a persons photo?

    They don't have a trial version of Knockout and it's $99. Wonder if there is a cheaper tool somewhere. I do see that it will work with PaintShop pro as well as photoshop

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    Default Re: How can I remove a background behind a persons photo?

    I-ve seen it cheaper a few months ago. Maybe it was a promotion.

    You might do look-see at www.unleashed.com

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    Default Re: How can I remove a background behind a persons photo?

    The quickest and best way is just to draw around the head - Select All -Arrange / Combine Shapes / Intersect Shapes

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    Default Re: How can I remove a background behind a persons photo?

    Quick and Dirty so probably not the best that can be done.

    This was only a 96dpi image and there was a lot of compression garbage such that the pixelization was larger than the hair strands. You'd have to "Cut out' the bad areas per Eggs method or bring the image into a photoediting programs and erase out some the transistion areas.

    Hair2 is with KnockOut effect removed and saved as a bitmap.
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    Smile Re: How can I remove a background behind a persons photo?

    Wow you guys are the best....I did get a copy of the knockout tool and got it close but not as close as Hair 2 or Egg's. It takes some practice and it would have helped a great deal if the background had been white or anything but that dark color.

    I need to go thru some of those tutorials and play with the toys. Always seems like I'm rushing to learn stuff for this project or that. I need a vacation to learn

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    Default Re: How can I remove a background behind a persons photo?

    Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. Educating yourself and experimenting with new graphics software is the name of the game (... and reading newsgroups).

 

 

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