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I have some old photographs that I have scanned. While the image of the person is clear, the background has several blurs and is not a perfect black as one would desire.

Is there a way to detect the person's image alone as a separate object, thereby isolating it from the background? That way, I could get rid of all background noise. What is the technical jargon for this process? I searched for 'Object detection', but that leads me to engineering papers! Could someone point me to useful videos using Lightroom in this regard?

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The term you are looking for is "object extraction." I know you can do this in Photoshop, but I am not a Lightroom user so I can't comment on if Lightroom allows pixel level editing which is needed to extract objects. –  Scott May 1 '12 at 6:57
    
@Scott: Could you provide an answer pointing me to resources or procedure on object extraction in Photoshop? –  Shyam May 1 '12 at 7:13
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Shyam, if you do a google search for "Photoshop object extraction" you will find literally thousands of tutorials on the subject. –  Scott May 1 '12 at 7:25
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If you need to do photo editing, such as extraction, compositing, retouching, etc. you still need a photo editor like Photoshop.

Lightroom is more an image management application, that has some limited edition capability but not enough for things like object extraction.

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