Background Removal with Fine Detail in PaintShop Pro X6
Welcome to this video on removing the background of a photo with Fine Detail in PaintShop Pro. We will go over some of the various tools you can use in order to do a clean background removal from a photo and then paste your subject on to a different photo making, it look as realistic as possible. First, open PaintShop Pro and launch the Edit Workspace. Next, open the photo that you’ll be working with. In this example, I have a photo of a family and I want to remove the background. From the Layers palette, right click on the thumbnail and select Promote Background Layer. This will make it possible to have a
transparent background. Since this photo was taken in the woods, the background is very complex. So rather than starting with the background eraser tool, I will be using an alternative method. From the Selection tools, choose the Smart Selection tool. Next, set the mode to Add. Carefully click and drag the brush over the parts of the image that you want to keep. You can also resize the brush so that it fits better in smaller areas. When you have finished selecting the subjects completely, go to the selections menu and choose invert selection. What this will do is select the background around the subjects of the photo. If you notice that the selection
has moved inside the subjects at all, you can remove those areas by choosing the Freehand Selection tool, setting the mode to Remove, and then carefully outlining and removing those areas from the selection. Now from the Selections menu, choose Modify and then Feather. in this example, I’ll increase the feather so that the selection overlaps the subjects in this photo. When the background is deleted, the edges will appear smooth and free of any outline. Next hit the Delete key on the keyboard to remove the selected background. Use the key combination Ctrl+A on your keyboard to select the entire image, and then Ctrl+C to copy. Now you can open up a picture that you want to use as the background. From the edit menu, select ‘Paste As New Layer’ and the image of your subjects will appear over the background. Now you can resize them as need be. You may need to zoom out and resize the subjects on this layer so that they match the background image. Next, I’m going to crop the image. If the lighting on the subject does not match the lighting in the scene, you can try applying a filter to both layers. To do this, open the Effects menu, choose
‘Photo Effects’, and then ‘Film and Filters’. You might need to apply multiple filters to get the effect that you want. Since every project is different, you might have to play around with these settings to get the look that you want. When the project is complete, go to File, Save As… and select PSP Image as the file type. This way if you wish to make changes of a later time, your layers will remain intact. Next, save a version that’s suitable for emailing or uploading to Facebook. To do this go back to File, Save As… and select JPEG. When saving a multi-layer file is a JPEG you’ll get a warning message, and this is because a JPEG can only contain a single layer. Click Yes to this message to continue. Thank you for watching this video on Background Removal with Fine Detail in Corel PaintShop Pro.