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Norfolk Boy Jun 28, 2007 3:36 PM

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I got this wonderful shot of my daughter picking strwberrys, only to discover on viewing the rear of someone in backround please can you help me to remove.

cheers Paul

Reanimator Jun 28, 2007 3:51 PM

just a quick clone out of the bloke

results are better with higher resolution images


Norfolk Boy Jun 28, 2007 3:57 PM

how u do that ?

I have photoshop 7 can it be done there

Reanimator Jun 28, 2007 4:14 PM

yup u can do it

duplicate the image in layers pallet.......if u dont see it go to window/layers along the top.
drag layer with image to new layer bottom of layer pallet next to the bin icon

click on the duplicate layer so its blue this means your working on that layer and u wont mess up original

5th icon on left of tool bar (left hand side of screen) is clone tool, select a largish soft brush (from along top bar)
on your pic i found a soft 30 to be fine, use soft because edges are not as obvious

select a bit of the image u want to use to clone (alt key then left click with mouse) and then click over the man, it should
cover him with a part of image u clicked on. so alt click just to left of him the click on him and u shoud see result

it takes time and paitence to do it right, use bits from different places to make the effect more believeable

its hard to explain any simpler but your not actualy removing the man but your covering him up with little bits of the picture
allready there


Reanimator Jun 28, 2007 4:18 PM

bit more info here

and a video tutorial


Norfolk Boy Jun 28, 2007 4:32 PM

top man cheers new to this stuff will have a go

Norfolk Boy Jun 28, 2007 4:39 PM

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here is my effort , learn something everyday

Thanks again.

Reanimator Jun 28, 2007 4:57 PM

very good !

next time make sure there aint a big blokes arse in the background LOL

by the way its a very nice shot........:-)


Norfolk Boy Jun 28, 2007 5:04 PM

Yeah was so focused on her didn't notice some fat arse in backround.


Thanks again mate

Regards Paul

Alan T Jun 28, 2007 9:07 PM

Reanimator wrote:

make sure there aint a big bloke..... in the background....its a very nice shot........
I agree, but I think that's another, different shot.

I love this one, too. The backsidemight be that of a parent who thinks the girl is picking the strawbs and filling a container, but in fact she's eating them; hence the mischievous look.

So another piece of creative cloning would be to add some pieces of strawberry smeared around her mouth!

jachol Jun 29, 2007 3:23 AM

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Hi Alan

A little constructive criticism if I may, you made a very good first attempt at cloning, but try to avoid pattern repetition when you clone( check out my pic), else it becomes very obvious that a picture has been fudged, another useful tip is to reduce the opacity of the cloning brush, and use multiple passes to achieve the desired effect. Hope this helps, I don't mean the comments unkindly. ... Jack

Norfolk Boy Jun 29, 2007 4:16 AM

thanks for the comments It was actually me who tried to clone not Alan.

I am Paul i posted the orginal but will agree with your observations.

jachol Jun 29, 2007 5:03 AM

OK Paul,
Sorry I screwed up the names, glad you're taking my comments as meant ... advice. Photoshop whatever version has a steep learning curve, I've been using various versions for several years now, but still find I can learn things. ... Jack

Reanimator Jun 29, 2007 7:30 AM

yup photoshop is one huge tool

you get out what u put in.........those who dont like it have not put the time in, it takes years.

u can add countless plugins, fonts, actions, brushes, textures, styles etc the internet is full of is my pc LOL


Borthar Sep 30, 2009 5:24 PM

One Step Further?

Chato Oct 3, 2009 8:16 PM

The true experts at getting rid of excess people were the guys who worked for Stalin back in the 1930's. It's a real shame we can't get some of them to post on how they did their magic, back before digital and computers were invented... :)

I've seen the before and after shots, and they had this whole thing down to a fine art.


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