I got a few photos of a cassette. The cassette is made of steel. It’s against various backgrounds.

I was playing with it a little in Gimp but have not come up with a good and fast solution how to deal with it.

I’d like to know:
• how to take photos of silver objects – which background is the best? • how to deal with the photos I attached – which one of them is the best to work on?




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The second photo is the best as it has the background contrasting the object.

To cut out the silver area use Fuzzy selection(magic wand) tool in GIMP.

You do follow this:

  1. Using fuzzy selection tool click on the black area of the photograph. It will select the black portion alone.
  2. Then invert the selection to select the silver object. Now cut the object.

To make processing more easy just place the silver object in middle of the photo, so that there will same lighting and detail on all edges. This will make Fuzzy selection to work easy and accurate, as this tool works differentiating color. Color contrast between object and background is important.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for your reply! I ended up using a lasso tool because the magic wand couldn't select it precisely – sprockets ends weren’t selected as they were very similar to the background. I tried with different settings but with no success. Fortunately the object is quite simple so doesn’t require much effort. Frankly speaking I was looking for kind of magic options that would make the process as easy as pie. Do you guys think it is possible to make it completely automatic? Or with some products you HAVE TO put some effort and do it by hand? Anyway, thank you! \$\endgroup\$
    – rrh
    Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 15:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @rrh Dont know much about GIMP. but you can make some process automation in Photoshop using the language of your choice like JS, VBScript, etc. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 16:26

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