Welcome to the 220th Metamorphosis Monday!
A while back I took you on a little tour of my home town. It was around Christmastime and the homes were decorated for the holidays. This house has always been one of my faves. It reminds me a little of the home in the movie, Father of the Bride. (You can tour that movie house here: Father of the Bride Movie House Tour)
When I used this picture in a post, that ugly old “One Way” sign was really bugging me. It ruined the whole picture. Often when I want to eliminate something small from a picture, I’ll use the “Clone” tool in Adobe Photoshop. Since the sign was so big and was in front of the house, bushes, yard, steps and sidewalk, I decided to try a different tool. This time I went with the “Spot Healing Brush Tool.” The spot healing brush is the one that looks like a band-aid. (See arrow below.)
I found it easier to use than the clone tool. With the clone tool, you have to use the alt key and move your cursor over the area you wish to clone and then move the cursor over the item you want to make disappear. But with the spot healing brush, you just click on that tool on the menu and then move your cursor over the item you wish to make disappear while pressing down on the left mouse button and when you lift your finger, it magically fills in the area with the colors/image it found around the item.
I started with the top of the sign. You can see I got a little bit into the white section of the house. I fixed that with the clone tool, more on that in a sec.
Next I spot healed the section of the sign pole that was running in front of the brick steps. See how that section of the sign pole is gone. Note: You can adjust how wide a brush stroke you are using by adjusting the pixel “Size” at the top left corner of the Photoshop screen. When you open up Photoshop, you’ll see the word “Size” up at the top left of the Photoshop screen. For something like the sign post, I used a narrow 7-8 px size brush.
Then I spot healed the section running in front of the bushes up near the house.
Next I spot healed the section of the sign above the bushes and in the grass. Each time I spot healed a section, if I was happy with how it looked, I saved my picture at that point so if I didn’t like the next change I made, I would at least have the photo saved to the point where I did like it. If you make a mistake, there’s an “undo” button at the top. You can click it as many times as you wish to remove any changes, going all the way back to your last “saved” version if you like.
Finally, I got rid of the section of the sign that was across the sidewalk. I also used the clone tool at the end to fix the edge of the house and fill in the greenery visible through the porte-cochere.
Run your mouse over and off the photo below to see the “Before and After” of the photo. (The mouse-over of the photo below may not work on iPads. ) You’ll find a tutorial showing how to create “mouse-over” photos of your “Before and After” projects here: How to Create a Mouse-over Photo
You can do all kinds of things with the Spot Healing Brush in Photoshop. Just for fun, I decided to make the table umbrella disappear in the picture below.
It was really easy with the “spot healing brush” tool. Amazing all the things you can do in Photoshop! If ever you’re trying to figure out how to do something in Photoshop, just Google it. I guarantee you’ll find multiple tutorials online explaining in detail how to do whatever it is you’re trying to do. That’s basically how I’ve learned to use Photoshop. (Tablescape below can be viewed here: A Corny Setting with Mr. Scarecrow
Photography Tips: You’ll find lots of additional photography tips in this previous post: Photography Tips for Better Blog Photos
Looking forward to the Before and Afters linked for this Met Monday!
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