Changeable Landscape: Change Background of an Image

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Tutorial: AKVIS SmartMask

Changeable Landscape


The author of this tutorial is Alvaro Salazar Chacon.

The AKVIS SmartMask plug-in can be used to change the background of an image (the following example the sky) regardless of the complexity of objects in the landscape.

    Original Image Result
  • Step 1. Open the image you want to edit in AliveColors.
    Original Landscape Image
    Original Landscape Image
  • Step 2. Copy the background to a layer (Layers -> Duplicate), so that the plug-in can be used.
    Layers Palette
    Layers Palette
  • Step 3. Open the plug-in using AKVIS SmartMask: Effects -> AKVIS -> SmartMask.
    AKVIS SmartMask Plug-in
    AKVIS SmartMask Plug-in's Workspace
  • Step 4. In Auto mode, use the blue pencil - Keep Area Pencil , - to outline objects you want to preserve. Use the red pencil - Drop Area Pencil - to outline ares of the image that you want to delete.
    Selecting Areas
    Selecting Areas

    Click on to start processing the image again.

    The fragment was selected well, but there are still complex areas from the original background.

    Result After Processing
    Result After Processing
  • Step 5. To make a more accurate selection use the green pencil - Transition Area Pencil - to mark areas which are in the background and press the button.
    Transition Area Pencil
    Transition Area Pencil

    The result is much better but there are still areas that I want to remove.

    Result After Processing in Auto Mode
    Result After Processing in Auto Mode
  • Step 6. To edit the fragment by hand, switch to Manual mode.

    Use Zoom to enlarge problem areas.

    Enlarged Fragment
    Enlarged Fragment

    Activate the Magic Brush tool and use the eyedropper tools to pick up the colors for the Keep Colors and Drop Colors lists.

    Then select the Magic Brush tool and use it on the image.

    Using The Magic Brush
    Using the Magic Brush

    To improve the result further, click on the Foreground Recovery check-box and choose the color black:

    Click On Check-Box

    Re-treat areas with the Magic Brush . The fragment looks perfect.

    Restoring Some of the Object
    Restoring Some of the Object's Color
  • Step 7. Apply the processing result by pressing the button and the image will be returned to the graphics editor.

Now you can create landscapes with different backgrounds:

Landscape with background 1
Landscape with background 2
Landscape with background 3
Landscape with background 4
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Mask View Modes — Mask View Modes
   — Custom Background — Custom Background
   — History Palette — History Palette
   — Save and Load Projects — Save and Load Projects
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Hot Keys — Hot Keys
Making Selections Making Selections
   — Automatic Selection Tools — Automatic Selection Tools
   — Manual Selection Tools — Manual Selection Tools
   — Quick Selection — Quick Selection
   — Standard Selection Tools — Standard Selection Tools
   — Magic Brush — Magic Brush
   — Chroma Key — Chroma Key
   — Refine Edges — Refine Edges
   — Post-Processing Tools — Post-Processing Tools
   — Additional Tools — Additional Tools
Video Lessons Video Lessons
   — Quick Selection & Mask View Modes — Quick Selection & Mask View Modes
   — Auto Selection of Similar Objects — Auto Selection of Similar Objects
   — Auto Tools & Edge Priority — Auto Tools & Edge Priority
   — Smart Color Picker — Smart Color Picker
   — Selecting Hair: Auto & Brushes — Selecting Hair: Auto & Brushes
   — Magic Brush for Transparent Objects — Magic Brush for Transparent Objects
   — Automatic Recognition of Areas — Automatic Recognition of Areas
   — Quick Selection & Background Eraser — Quick Selection & Background Eraser
   — Extract a Person from a Photo — Extract a Person from a Photo
   — Selecting Water Splashes — Selecting Water Splashes
   — Improve Selections with Refine Edges — Improve Selections with Refine Edges
   — Removing Green Screen Background — Removing Green Screen Background
   — Adding a New Background — Adding a New Background
Examples Examples
   — Separate a Person from a Photo — Separate a Person from a Photo
   — Around the World in One Day — Around the World in One Day
   — Magic Window — Magic Window
   — Little Princess — Little Princess
   — Changeable Landscape — Changeable Landscape
   — Golden Colors of Fall — Golden Colors of Fall
   — Snow Paradise — Snow Paradise
   — Cat and Dog: a Fantasy Collage — Cat and Dog: a Fantasy Collage
   — Breaking the Fourth Wall — Breaking the Fourth Wall
   — Flight under the Moonlight — Flight under the Moonlight


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