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Phyllis Stewart19-May-2006 17:19
Thanks, Keith. All I do to remove a background is go around it on a dupe layer (using desired background color layer beneath) with a small soft eraser. Then, to get the hair or beard back along the edges, I use a clone tool (beard) or hairy smudge tool (to pull hairs out as wisps). See tutes on my site: and
Guest 19-May-2006 09:28
Hey Phyllis, You are obviously a master at masking. If you dont mind, what technique (steps) do you use when removing a person from their background? BTW I love the photo challenge you did on one of my original pictures of Jeff. Thanks for your interest.
Guest 13-Jul-2004 06:24
wow... The eyes are great. I almost can not believe this is a posibility with todays softwares. I´m impressed. Thanks.
Guest 14-Apr-2004 01:34
The eyes are great, but I'm more impressed with the beard/hair! Amazing job extracting individual hairs! Really makes it convincing. How'd you do it? Did you go back and draw in your own stray hairs?
Phyllis Stewart15-Jan-2004 11:16
I fixed the eyes by making a separate layer of them, rotating to horizontal, then using transform to heighten them and rotating back. Erased away the obvious overlap and merged.
Anna Yu15-Jan-2004 01:38
Phyllis, ditto on bubsters comment. How do you fix the eyes like that?
Guest 21-Nov-2003 09:22
You really did a good job fixing up his eyes.
Guest 17-Nov-2003 12:17
Much better image! Thanks for putting in what you did. Makes it easier for me to follow on one of my own images.