Hi! I am new to the community and a novice at using photoshop aelements (I am using version 10). I really hope that you can help me. I took a picture and there is a shadow around the subject. Not all the way around, mostly on one side. I have watched tutorials and read some of the messages in the forum, but it all seems like a foreign language to me! I will admit that I am a little intimidated! I was wondering, if by looking at the photo, you would be willing to walk me through the step by step process to get rid of the shadow. I would really appreciate your help. I just tried to attach the picture by clicking on the camera icon, but it told me that it was too large. Is there another way to get it on here so you can see it? Thank you so much!
Here is the new link...hope it works this time! http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1TKgCxm6dgJJw1ZcTafUtrHgjqcv E0
One suggestion is to lighten the shadow without trying to eliminate it completely:
I used the Quick Selection tool to select the shadowed areas, and the Selection Brush tool to refine the selection. Then Enhance...Adjust Lighting...Levels and moved the middle slider to the left to lighten the shadow area.
Here is a tip when using the Clone tool:
1. Use the Magic Wand to select the shadow. Here I selected the top portion:
2. Now you can use a large clone size and clone over the selection. The selection edges protect you from cloning over the girl. Here you can see the clone size I used.
3. Deselect the selection. Depending on the accuracy of the Magic Wand there may be some excess shadow, as there was here. Clone over these.
The shadow on the star at the bottom was a bit trickier. Here is the result after the Magic Wand selection and cloning. We want to eliminate the cloned portion over the star.
I selected the left corner of the star using the Rectangular Marquee.
I copied this selection to a new layer, rotated the layer horizontally, and used the Move tool to position it over star's right corner:
Finally I added a blank layer at the top and created a snapshot of all the layers: Alt-Shift-Ctrl-E.
Then applied a levels adjustment to brighten the picture a bit. I noticed there were some hard edges and jaggies on the girls' hair from the selection in step 1, so I used the Blur tool to soften these. Here is the final result.
I uploaded it to http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1bB3w0MuHpu9xAKQwe54ex28Z9gI Jf where you can fetch it.
That's a good tip about using a selection to limit the targetted area of the Clone tool. That technique can also be used with the Spot Healing Brush in its "Content Aware" mode to help reduce the amount of streaking, etc.
Thanks so much to everyone for all of your help! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you guys. I think that I managed to get it done. Not as perfect as yours, but close enough. I think. Now, if you can help me with one more thing. Can anyone give me a suggestion for sprucing the photo up a little? The decorations that were there were nice, but the photo still doesn't "pop" for me. Help please!
That looks pretty cool! I might try that for some of the prints that I am going to give to the kids. But her mom is older and more traditional, and she might not have our same sense of appreciation for that effect, so I would like to try something different for her. A suggestion for that?