In this Photoshop tutorial I want to show you a simple way to extract an avatar or an object from a background without having unpleasant borders around it afterwards.
I often come across fashion advertisement posters where someone tried to cut out an object from it’s original background in SL to put it on a selfmade background in Photoshop and you can still see white borders around this object or between the hair which looks unprofessional and messy. I had the same problems when I set up my very first fashion vendors at the beginning of my SL business and it took me a lot of time and work to get rid of those ugly borders ( I erased it by hand). Now I know better. There’s a really simple and quick way to avoid this borders and this way I want to show you in this tutorial.
Take a picture of yourself in SL standing in front of a blue or green coloured wall and also the floor you stand on should be blue or green. My private photostudio where I take all of my pictures for my fashion vendors consists only of a blue wall, a blue floor and 4 little boxes which I adjusted with light so I can save the facelight. Never take a white background! I explain you the reasons later on. Save your picture as bmp and open it with Photoshop.
Choose “Select —> Similar” ( menu above) and press the “delete key” on your keyboard. Select Similar means that in this case every blue coloured part of this picture is getting selected ( blue parts between hair, fingers, legs…). By pressing delete there’s nothing of the blue background left.
The picture is well prepared for further steps. That’s it!
At the end I want to show you the reason why you should never choose a white background in SL for your photos.
It takes a lot of time and work to get rid of this white border, if you choose a green or blue background this won’t happen.
Yours, Jamie Holmer