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Ok so Ive tried various ways to fix this background but all of them look leave the baby looking like he is fake or floating. How would you recommend fixing this? This is SOOC. I need to do a few other things of course but I want to know if I can save the background first. Thanks


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I'd try either this method: http://www.damiensymonds.net/2011/10/blanket-fade-tutorial.html

Or this one: http://www.damiensymonds.net/2012/10/using-photoshops-gradient-layer.html

They are both essentially the same method, just one with a solid color layer, and the other with a gradient. And don't forget to add a noise layer at the end: http://www.damiensymonds.net/tut_noise.html

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Ha ha yes I know the foreground too!

Blanket was over Dad to get baby to settle so very messy. Hoping I can save it!

ive tried both methods above but baby ends up looking like its floating. Hmmmm

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Yay, I'm glad you like it!

The fix isn't technically complex, but will take a lot of time and patience.  Don't expect to achieve it quickly.

Download the PSD file

First, a dodge and burn layer to even out the wrinkles in front a bit.

Then a radial gradient layer.  Mask it completely around the child.  At this point, the child will seem like it's "floating", exactly as you said.

After that, use a very low opacity black brush on the mask to gently reveal a bit of the blanket texture in front, as I did.

Finally, the noise layer to prevent banding.

If any of the above is unfamiliar to you, I beg you to consider my little Layers & Masks Class. It's very cheap, but will open up worlds of skills to you.

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