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    Paint/picture program

    Morning

    I am new to digital photography and general picture manipulation and would like to remove backgrounds from photos, for example if I have a general photo of one of the Grandkids is there a way to cut out everything except the child, I have tried a couple of software packages and used the lasso thingy but it it leaves a very rough edge. does anybody know of a cheapish package that can do this sort of thing.

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    Re: Paint/picture program

    Hi,

    I use Corel's Paint Shop Pro X. There is a background remval tool that works very well. I use it all the time in wedding photography touch up. If you search the internet you can get it for $30-40 dollars.

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    Re: Paint/picture program

    You might want to look at Irfanview. It is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and if it does not do what you want natively there are many plugins available. Another <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> tool is Paint.NET - Free Photo Editing Software for Windows. It also has many features and a long list of plugins that you may obtain from Paint.NET :: View Forum - Plugins.

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    Re: Paint/picture program

    Hi Steve

    The graphic tools and the amount of effort on your part will depend somewhat on the colours & contrast in the image.
    If the child is wearing a green shirt and there is green grass adjacent to the shirt in the picture, it might well require some meticulous, high magnification wotk to remove the grass without affecting the outline of the shirt.
    To help soften the edges, some editing tools have a setting to soften the edge of the cut and most will allow you to change the sensitivity of the selection tool. This will depend on the software and the tool being used.

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    Re: Paint/picture program

    Take a look at Adobe Photoshop Elements. IMHO, one of the better and more user friendly image manipulation programs available without remortgaging the house. You can download a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> trial version at this link and if you like the program, you can get it for less than half the "retail" price here.
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    Re: Paint/picture program

    Thanks everybody

    Off to play

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    Re: Paint/picture program

    "PhotoFiltre is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve. The toolbar, giving you access to the standard filters with just a few clicks, gives PhotoFiltre a robust look. "

    This version is still <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware and (relatively) lightweight - 1.6MB

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    Re: Paint/picture program

    The GIMP is good in my opinion. It's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>. You will find a number of sites on line with tutorials.

    It has to be said that getting a selection to exactly cut out a Grandkid or other such subject is tedious however you do it. A lot of patience is called for. The GIMP and similar programs have a number of different selection tools which are worth trying, and results improve with practice.

    Ian

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