Little Princess: Extract a Figure from a Background

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Tutorial: AKVIS SmartMask

Little Princess


The author of the tutorial is Gordon Sisson.

It very often needs to extract a figure from a busy or messy background and it is usually a tedious, exacting and time-consuming process. The author was therefore anxious to test AKVIS SmartMask and share his impressions.

    Original image Result

This is a snapshot of the daughter of Mr. Sisson's friend. The little girl looks very pretty and is well posed but the background is terribly distracting.

    Original photo
    Original photo

First the picture was scanned at high resolution to facilitate enlargement. Then Gordon Sisson rotated the picture so that the figure was more naturally vertical and cropped it. Then he called up AKVIS Enhancer to improve shadow detail so that he could see the hair edge that was lost against the background of the woman’s dress.

  • Step 1. Open the image in AKVIS SmartMask.
    Image in AKVIS SmartMask
    Image in AKVIS SmartMask
  • Step 2. In Auto mode, use the Keep Aree Pencil to draw an outline within the image. The author took extra care with this line (possibly unnecesarily) because the background was, in places, so similar to the image he was extracting. If you are not completely satisfied with any part of the line, simply select the Eraser and proceed to correct your move.

    Then use the Drop Area Pencil to outline the background.

    Pencil strokes in Auto mode
    Pencil strokes in Auto mode
  • Step 3. Press the button to start processing the image.
    Image on transparent background
    Image on transparent background
  • Step 4. Select the Transition Area Pencil and increase its size. Use the scaling slider to make the little girl’s head as large as possible. Paint over the edge of the hair.
    Expanding of the green border
    Working in Auto mode
  • Step 5. Press the button to start processing the image. Save the result.
    Processing result
    Processing result
  • Step 6. Work is nearly finished, but now Mr. Sisson is unhappy with the pose. Originally, the girl's hand was resting on the sofa arm, now it is just floating. So he repositioned the arm for a better pose.

    Then, a quick cleanup with AKVIS Noise Buster (this also improves skin tones).

    Place the image on a new background, fine tune edges as needed, sharpen a bit and here is what we get for our enjoyable first trip with AKVIS SmartMask!

    Image on a new background
    Image on a new background
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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