For a humorous approach to touching up images in Photoshop, check out Gary Bouton's tips and tricks. He covers how to use Photoshop to firm up your subject's neckline with painless nipping and tucking, how to create images from text, how to work with an image's color palette using practical techniques and more. (From Inside Photoshop CS, Sams, ISBN: 0672326442.)
Photoshop Tricks, Part 1 - Trick 4: Removing Fringing from Leaves (Page 5 of 8 )
This trick involves accurately selecting the tops of trees to replace a hum-drum (Syracuse-based) sky with something more interesting. There are too many thicknesses and colors of leaves and branches to go using the Lasso tool, and other methods you probably haven't used yet will produce fringing (at least they did for me).
So, I brewed up this simple-to-do method for getting a better sky into a picture while maintaining 99% of the visual integrity of the surrounding treetops.
Welcome to Henderson's Mill
Henderson's Mill is one of those wonderful upstate parks where you can bring a picnic basket and eat undisturbed. I think folks chased away all the wildlife with their own wild lives decades ago (see Figure 24.12).
Figure 24.12 -- Henderson's Mill is a nice, secluded place—almost without any flies.
We snapped a few pictures, nothing interesting, to capture the trees and sky so that you can see how to separate them and then replace the sky.
Select Only What Needs Selecting
The first step to image improvement is to select only the areas that need to be selected to let the Color Range command do its thing. This means you really want to select only the treetops and a little lower to catch where the blah sky is poking through some branches.
This chapter is from Inside Photoshop CS, by Gary Bouton (Sams, 2004, ISBN: 0672326442). Check it out at your favorite bookstore today.