Here is a quick example of the power of Photoshop CS5 healing brush to remove the fencing and then using a great filter – Vertus Fluid Mask to isolate the monkey for a collage. This is one of my shots from my Vietnam trip. First remove the fence using the spot healing brush – so easy to do.
Then extract the monkey – CS5’s refine edge just couldn’t do it, but Vertus was so easy – I first made a selection around the monkey to limit the colors and then used the filter to refine the edges – amazing. And here’s the result :
This is the first time I used Vertus and really find it exciting – It will allow me to do much better extraction – particularly hair – I am not sure if you can see it in this small post but the extraction is extremely good showing even the little hairs on the monkey.
I wish I had a better background, like a basketball hoop or a game photo that I could put the monkey in as if he had stolen the ball – I am going to look for one I could use and hope to post it later. I also did not put in shadows or adjusted the lighting in this collage, just wanted to show what can be done. Anyway this really shows the power and how easily photos can be altered.