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Animal Fur Masking - Tutorial Required

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Hi. I am attempting to place an animal on to a new background. The one I've shown here is just a practice run using a tiger that had a lousy background but the photo isn't what matters, I chose this one because it is difficult to mask. I have 2 layers; the tiger and the background are different layers. I masked the tiger out of the background and refined the selection as best I could figure out on my first attempt in Affinity Photo on iPad Pro.

However, I am struggling with a few things; getting a better refined mask and fixing that slight light edge on the tiger. So I'm hoping for any suggestions for fixing this or a link to a tutorial. I've searched but not found a tutorial that covers selective darkening (brushing an area to darken it) and how to get perfect masking around fur.

Thanks for reading and I hope this made sense.



Tiger copy-2048.jpg

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Hi MartinKoss,

We have a good video on refinding masks/selections here which also covers working with fur.  To just darken parts of the image, trying use the Burn Brush Tool, it should darken the area you use it over :) 

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You could also try the new option... (in APhoto 1.7.2)

Filters > Colours > Remove White Matte

On the big furry beast layer to remove the white halo around the edges

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Thank you for the suggestions. I did another image where I took a photo I'd taken of a tiger and placed it on a different background and I'm much happier with the results.

Tiger2 remake copy-2048.jpg

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