Originally Posted by Atom
I need to do some maksing tutorials...
I ment to do a bunch awhile back but never got around to it and then I had a ton of work slam on me... anyway...
take a look at the image below. I did this with masking.
I took the original, duplicated the layer, then on the new layer I drew over their faces to recreate the background... didn't have to worry about being neat, just needed to make sure that it looked right where their heads where (ie, if I went over the collar, shoulder, etc... it was fine)...
then when I was happy enough with it, I duplicatedthe first layer again, put it on top of the other two and then masked out their heads, what came through was just the background for the part that needed to be replaced, that way 98% of the original edge up to their heads was still in use, making it look more realistic overall... the reason I used masking instead of just erasing was that I could blend, redo and tweek alot better than just erasing and hopeing I did it right as I went (in masking I can bring back parts I took out without having to go back in history states... because it's still there, you just can see it, where erasing it, removes it from the file all together...)
anyway... have a look.