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Mask for cleaning up background naturally


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I am using ver 1.10.4 on a Mac, this is my first attempt to create a mask and do some layer adjustments. I was looking through all the videos and couldn't find one that discussed working on backgrounds - that seemed to relate to this image. I'm just trying to clean up the background so it isn't too distracting and can be used for white space. I was able to use the selection to to cut out the couple. I am attaching the afphoto version. 

Any suggestions? I am coming from years of using photoshop. Really am loving Affinity's interface, just having a hard time finding everything I need!

 

DL-shoot-4199.afphoto

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It would probably be better to have more of a depth of field effect, rather than blurring everything, except the couple, equally. This video might help:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWBybNKpHZo&t=6s

 

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The depth of field live blur layer is easier than masking
I've taken out some bits that I found distracting, the layers show what I've done, and I also prefer a 4:3 crop as shown by the guides but I wouldn't go too far, it's a nice shot

DL-shoot-4199dc.zip

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FWIW I had a go at a bit of retouching, using the basic technique in the tutorial I linked to, plus a bit of other retouching. The mask was a bit tricky, could have been better with a little more effort! (At least it has got rid of the rather nasty fringing around he lady's legs.)

 

 

DL-shoot-4199P.zip

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