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Need to erase a photo flaw...

Posted: Sun, 31st Jul 2011, 8:09pm

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MamaCas

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I am working out of my living room and dining room right now. My living room has a big old mirror that came with the house when we bought it. My husband hasn't taken it down yet. Meantime, that area is the best suitable area for me to set up my greenscreen/backdrops, most often with only a moment's notice that I'll be needing to shoot. I set up my tripod in the dining room which looks directly into that shooting area. My photos come out fine ecept that there is a white lightburst in some of the pictures that shows through from the mirror catching that light on the other side of my back drop. I don't want to keep switching over to CS4 to get rid of the light...and then Save and Open it up again in Photokey to continue the work and then print. (By the way, my prints come out beautifully from within the Photokey program.) Is there a way to "erase" small flaws like this lightburst? I'd cover the mirror with something, but it's behind my couch and I am disabled and cannot keep moving the couch every time I'd like to take pictures. Thanks for any help you can give me on this!!!
Posted: Mon, 1st Aug 2011, 2:21pm

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Axeman

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If the glare of the mirror is on the greenscreen area of the images, then you can use masks to eliminate it. If it is on the subjects, then I'm not sure what you could do. Although, if you could link to a sample image, so we can see exactly what you are dealing with, then we could perhaps offer more specific suggestions for how to eliminate it.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Aug 2011, 1:57am

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MamaCas

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Thank you very much, Axeman. The mask was something I hadn't figured out, a real "duh" moment for me when you advised me to use it. I hadn't figured on it being so simple to figure out. I was doing this the hard way; saving the file and then reopening it in CS4, erasing whatever the greenscreen wasn't covering, resizing it, and then opening a background and copying it and then adding it as new layer, which I then had to move up so that it wans't covering the PNG imag, lol.
The printed images look a lot better from within the FX Home program; maybe because it is so much more convenient and less time consuming.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Aug 2011, 5:32pm

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Axeman

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You're welcome. Sometimes the simplest things are the easiest to overlook. If the issue is just areas outside the greenscreen, along the edges of the image, then the Crop tool in the Key Toolset might prove quite handy as well. It allows you to quickly crop in any edge of the image to remove unwanted bits, such as when the edge of your greenscreen is visible.