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Once you've done the best job you can with your mask and sometimes you can hit it right on the nail, and other times, it may be really hard to get it perfect. So, there's other things you can do to make your mask work. So we've got the mask as good as we're going to get it, in the time that we have, and I'm going to hit apply so we can go back into our layers module. Now once we're in a layer's module, let's go ahead and do a couple of tweaks to this image to really make it work. So the first thing I want to do is, I want to get rid of the sides, I don't need them, I going to simply crop them out.
I'll switch over to the crop tool, and simply draw a box around here, hit the enter key, and we're good to go. Maybe we'll take out some of the space on top, a little bit too much head room there, and I have a nicely balanced image I want to work with. Now, I could get away with using this, I do see some translucency, but again like I did earlier on in a previous lesson with the capital I want to make sure that the quality of light of the background and the gamma, or the blackness of the background, matches with the lighting and the blackness of the foreground.
The trick is, I'm going to select the background and duplicate it, and grab it, and drag it, and put it on an upper layer. Now if I go ahead and I reduce the Opacity, I can kind of see through it, but this isn't really what I want. I, I want to blur that background a little bit. So before I bring it down, I'm going to step into our perfect effects module and throw a little bit of a blur on there. So I'll go to the blur tool, I'm going to just grab the normal blur, and apply it.
And if I need to, I want to make sure that it's as blurry as it can be. So I'll scroll down here, and I'll choose normal blur, make sure it's all the way up, maybe add a little bit of a halo. If I need it even blurrier, I can go ahead, and add another layer, and apply another blurr filter to it. Now once, I'm happy with the level of blurr, I'm going to hit apply, we have our nice blurr layer on top, and here I'm going to go ahead, and work with the opacity and my blend modes.
So I'm going to go ahead and try overlay and soft light, those seem to be the best ones. Soft light is working for me, and I'm going to pull this down so we don't have a lot of blue on her, but you can see that when I turn off this layer, she tends to pop out and separates from the background. But with this turned on, she blends into the background a little more naturally, and it doesn't look like I've actually created a mask, and put her in a different location.
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