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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:55 am 
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I took some photos with a white backdrop with the intention of making it white in photoshop, as the backdrop looked grey in the photo.
I have done this in photoshop...

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does this look too processed? Is there a better way to do it?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:28 am 
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White seamless is hard to do, no doubt. I will say without a doubt, yes, it's way too processed/fake looking as it stands, so I'd do my best to minimize the fold lines in the paper and leave it grey.

Zack Arias has an amazing tutorial on how to do white seamless the right way:

Part 1: http://www.zarias.com/?p=71
Part 2: http://www.zarias.com/?p=77
Part 2b: http://www.zarias.com/?p=91
Part 3: http://www.zarias.com/?p=101
Part 4: http://zackarias.com/for-photographers/ ... roduction/
Part 5: http://zackarias.com/for-photographers/ ... s-contest/

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:38 am 
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Thank you for your reply, really informative.
Unfortunately seemless paper was not an option and its trying to get a white background using post processing.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:54 pm 
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Look on http://diyphotography.net It has a lot of good tricks cheep tricks and tutorials for infinity backgrounds

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:05 am 
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For starters, most folks use a green screen/background, not a white screen/background (because Bayer sensors are more sensitive to green). Second, if you have CS5 or higher, you can get better masks with the Refine Edge tool/option. Third, adding a drop shadow will also make the results look more natural.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:57 am 
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funny you should say about shaddows, used exposure settings for the backgruond instead of painting it white and was left with a shaddow...

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:01 am 
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I decided to ditch the pure white background and smoothed out the creases of the background in photoshop and think it looks better...

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:26 pm 
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Soooo much better by working with what you have and not trying to force the pure white :)

Now just some blemish retouches (girl's chest, baby's face in a few shots, etc.) and you've got absolute winners mate!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:48 am 
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Cheers plymer,

Think what i need to do is learn how to use photoshop to it's fullest.

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