Selecting the difference between two images

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Sep 04, 2010 Sep 04, 2010

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Hi

I have two photographs exactly the same which I have taken using a tripod, lighting and general studio conditions.  However, in the second picture I have inserted an subject - in this case an intricate sculpture.  Can Photoshop merge those two images together AND in doing so select the difference between the two images - in this case the intricate sculpture?

Basically I need to select the sculpture and don’t want to spend the time manually selecting it due to its complexity.  I need to separate the background and sculpture for editing on their own layers.

Thanks

Stephen – CS3

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Guide , Sep 04, 2010 Sep 04, 2010
You posted this in two forums, its been answered in the mac forum.

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You posted this in two forums, its been answered in the mac forum.

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This isn't helpful to the rest of us as a selected answer.  Could you please link to the other post?

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Sep 04, 2010 Sep 04, 2010

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Photoshop Extended has stack mode blending options that most likely could do what you want in standard Photoshop this is grayed out its under menu Layers>Smart Objects>Stack Mode..

Even though the images were taken on a tripod there is most likely dome difference other then the inserted object between the two images due to exposure, background objects moving and camera movement.  Try selecting both layers and use auto align layers then set the top layers blending mode to difference. Stamp visible layers into a new layer you may get a good outline of the statue. and be able to create a mask from this new layer.

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Sep 04, 2010 Sep 04, 2010

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I'd probably put one image over the other as a layer, set the mixing mode to Difference, carefully align the two images to minimize the differences, then Select All and Copy Merged.

After that I'd paste the result as a new layer or channel and enhance it (e.g., with Curves) to black out the similar parts and white out the differences.  You will probably have to paint on this by hand to clean it up a bit, because no two exposures are ever identical.

Then you can Select All and paste as a new channel, or use the data as a mask, or whatever.

-Noel

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Guide ,
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That precise method, without all the unecessary merging of layers and faffing around has already been suggested Noel. Twice.

There is another way, by simply inverting one of the layers. And using Vivid light on it. Using Color Range to isolate the gray you can generate a difference mask in this way too. Many ways

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LEGEND ,
Sep 04, 2010 Sep 04, 2010

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Reynolds (Mark) wrote:


That precise method, without all the unecessary merging of layers and faffing around has already been suggested Noel. Twice.


So?  Does it hurt to have more than one description?

Regarding "faffing around", do you have a definition for this nonsense?  PC users tend to be more down to Earth and prefer real English words. 

-Noel

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Guide ,
Sep 04, 2010 Sep 04, 2010

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Well I am English Noel. Meaning I live in England. If you are having trouble with the language that Shakespeare and his mates invented…

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=faffing 

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LEGEND ,
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Oh forgive me, my lord, for I use not the Bard's slang daily.

You Englishmen talk funny. 

Faffing.jpg

-Noel

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