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Lani L. Ho
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/5/2004

Photos Shop 6.0, or Elements 2

Perhaps someone can help me with this problem. I have taked photos of a white Orchid, and used a black board for the backing. However, when I print my photos, the flower looks good, but the black background isn't as black as I would like it to be (totally black) and it looks like a very very dark grey, or it is black with grey spots. It is just not black black. How do I get the background jet black and leave the flower as it is. Without it looking cut out! I tried using paint bucket, but after a couple of times using it, it creaps onto the white flower or the green stem. Can anyone help me with this or give me an idea what to do. Mahalo and Aloha, Lani

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5/8/2006 1:16:27 PM

Terry  R. Hatfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2003
  Use Your Magic Wand Tool, Click On The Black And Then Go To Select/Select Similar And It Should Isolate The Black From The Rest Of The Colors You Might Have To Click It A Few Times To Get It All, Then Use Your Paint Bucket And That Should Work For You Lani, When Done Click Select/Deselect...
To Prevent That Next Time Use Some Black Velvet Over The Board And It Will Be Black:-) (Walmart PJ'S Will Work Well,Cheap Too}..

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5/8/2006 5:44:25 PM

anonymous A.    If the wand isolates your image and leaves a natural look after you flood the rst of the picture, that's great. But if it looks unnatural, there are two easy fixes:
1. use the soften or blur tool to merge the edges of the plant with the background.
2. Go back to the original image, and duplicate the background. Now add a raster layer underneath the copy and fill it with black; next go to the top layer and use the Background Eraser to remove the unwanted "nearly black" from around your flower.

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5/26/2006 9:20:09 AM

Michael H. Cothran   The easiest, and best way here is to simply use Levels. Moving the left slider to the right a little should turn the background black without affecting the orchid. You can watch the results as you move the slider.
Michael H. Cothran

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5/26/2006 11:45:43 AM

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