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Part III: Selecting and Preserving Fine ... > SELECTING TRANSLUCENCY AND GREEN SCR...

Chapter 10. SELECTING TRANSLUCENCY AND GREEN SCREEN TECHNIQUES

Imagine trying to hold a strand of smoke, the shimmer of water, a transient shadow, or a bit of motion blur. Selecting translucent subjects requires extracting the subject from the original photograph while maintaining the most delicate details. The nuances of reflections, translucency, and fine detail in a scene are among the most beautiful aspects of photography, adding dimensionality and delicacy to an image that is barely tangible, yet vitally important.

You can work with Photoshop to preserve the finely detailed translucency of your subjects, or you can turn to dedicated masking plug-ins, such as Corel KnockOut, Human Software AutoMask, and Extensis Mask Pro, many of which offer downloadable try-out versions. In the first part of this chapter, we'll use Photoshop to mask translucency, motion blur, and delicate tonality. In the second part, we'll venture into working with green screen photographs, both with and without third-party plug-ins.


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