How to extract leaf textures with Photoshop

Reactivate your selection, and press Refine Edge from the Select Menu or Option bar. Once you’re done brushing, you define how the final cutout’s edges will interact with their (new) background via the select slider. Before you start, remember Quick Select ‘reads’ dark edges better than light ones, so these may need extra brushwork. Once you’ve defined your cutout, chances are you’ll have remnants of blended colour in the innermost nooks and crannies, especially if you’re working with fronds or serrated leaves. 04. When working on, for example, serrated leaves or fronds, chances are you’ll still have nooks and crannies in need of cleaning up. Set up the Refine Edge tool
In View mode, select On Black from the dropdown. Refine and add to your final selection by brushing with the Refine Radius brush. A good way to boost speed without sacrificing quality when creating your cutouts, is to use Photoshop’s Quick Select and Refine Edge combo: Together, they’re capable of saving you time, not to mention pennies – mastering these two could save you the cost of a plug-in. Setting up your work file
Set up your file first: Create a new layer. You then brush to refine your selection. Brush and hold down [Alt] to add any left-outs. Read these! Set the Smooth Slider to 2. 03. With the CleanedLeaves layer active, pick Quick Select from the Magic Wand flyout in the Toolbar. With the theory covered, here’s our step-by step guide to extracting textures… Words:   Cirstyn Bech-Yagher
Cirstyn Bech-Yagher is a freelance   CG artist and educator, with over a decade’s experience in 3D art. Put a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer over, using the colour-slider as an edge-checker before duplicating the original layer on top of it. This approach eliminates the need for painstaking Lasso-selections, eraser-brushing, or contrasting colour paint-overs, as the items you want to mask out take shape almost by themselves. Clean up stragglers
Instead of contracting your selection by one pixel and deleting it to clean your edges, use Deselect, and LayerMattingDefringe at 2-5 pixels for a less damaging result. Fill it with a green from the leaf to avoid rendertime halos. 02. Set Decontaminate Colours to 100 to reduce the remaining colour overflow. When it comes to extracting vegetation textures, clean edges and speed-to-pipeline are what it’s all about. Tweak with the slider tools and Output to   New Layer before pressing OK. 01. In the Options bar, set your brush to 75-100 pixels, and check AutoEnhance for smoother edges.

Updated: 13.12.2014 — 02:55