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Object Removal

May 12, 2013 11:14 AM

HiI know there are numerous threads about removing objects from images, but I am having triuble removing an object without making it obvious what has happened.Could anyone advise of the most suitable way to remove the boat and people from this image? Many thanks!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveatkins/8732741830/

 
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    May 12, 2013 11:56 AM   in reply to DevonSabreur

    What version of photoshop elements are you using?

     

    The clone stamp tool on a new blank layer with sample all layers in tool options bar checked is about the best way.

     

    You just have to sample from different areas so the cloned area doesn't look like a pattern.

     

    An example:

     

    Untitled-1.jpg

     
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    May 12, 2013 12:06 PM   in reply to R_Kelly

    Open the file

    Open a blank layer above the background layer

    Use the clone stamp tool. I actually used 3 blank layers, one for the bushes in the background, one for the water, one for the rocks.

    For the bushes and water cloning, I selected the square brush set in the clone tool, rather than the round default set.

     

    If you have problems, please come back.

     

    boat_2.jpg

     
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    May 12, 2013 12:40 PM   in reply to DevonSabreur

    Before I started the cloning, I did boost the contrast a bit because I had difficulty delineating the bushes/water.

     
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    May 12, 2013 1:15 PM   in reply to hatstead

    Adding to what Kelly and hatstead said, a graphics tablet like those from Wacom excels at this job, because you can set size and opacity based on stylus pressure (versus "brute force" cloning using just a mouse). Photoshop Elements, of course, has this support.

     
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    May 13, 2013 4:13 AM   in reply to DevonSabreur

    This "shadow" may due be incomplete/imperfect coverage with cloning. This picture is good  for learning to use the tools.

     

    Try this;

     

    Duplicate the background layer, shut off visibility of background layer, work on background copy layer

    Boost the contrast a bit

    Use the lasso tool to roughly outline the boat, then hit delete on the keyboard. The checkerboard pattern denotes transparency. Get rid of the marching ants with CTRL+D.

    Now do the cloning.

     

    If this still does not work for you, try making a selection of some of the rock area with the lasso tool, a " patch",  place this on its own layer (CTRL+J), use the move tool to position the patch, and the transform tool (CTRL+T) to skew/distort the patch to blend in.

     
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    May 13, 2013 6:27 AM   in reply to DevonSabreur

    Indeed, the program has a steep learning curve. Frequently there are several options for doing things.

    Yes, straighten first. Go View menu>check grid, as the grid will help to orient you. Note that you can configure the grid via Edit menu>preferences>guides and grid. I leave my grid set at Guidline every 100%, Subdivisions 3. This way I can compose with the rule of thirds in mind. The grid is sticky, so you don't have to set it up each time, and it will not print. Toggle it on/off as desired.

     
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    May 14, 2013 1:21 PM   in reply to DevonSabreur

    Looks nice. How about adding a cloud or two to break up the sky?

     

    https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail &extid=1041011

     

    You can download and install a set of cloud brushes from Adobe Studio Exchange (free).

     

    These brushes use the foreground color;  set the chip to white. Don't paint, just click to apply a cloud. Do it on a blank layer at the top, so that you can adjust the layer opacity.

     
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    May 14, 2013 4:19 PM   in reply to DevonSabreur

    I like it. Thanks for the follow-up.

     
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