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    Masking and cloning - Before & After

    SOOC - The chainlink fence behind the lilies killed the picture.
    Masking and cloning - Before & After
    I tried some TLC to rescue it.
    I got this far - C+C, please?
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    Re: Masking and cloning - Before & After

    I think your camera focused on the fence which has left the flowers just a little bit soft. So I would do a bit of selective sharpening on just the lilies. Then I think I would run a Blur Tool around the background to remove some of the 'noise' which will also help to make the blooms stand out from the background.

    Vary the brush size etc as required.

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    Re: Masking and cloning - Before & After

    The cloning you did on the green areas below the flowers are OK. The cloning above the flowers are not. If possible, when you use the clone tool, start with a small brush that is feathered and then "borrow" pixel data beside the element or object you wish to clone out. That would make the clone process less obvious to the eyes when done nicely. I would suggest you either lower the opacity of your brush so you can build up the effect rather than use a 100% opacity brush as the cloning process would be too hard on the pixel data. The key there is to make it random so the cloned pixels are not too noticeable. Hope this helps.

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    Re: Masking and cloning - Before & After

    Thanks for the feed back - I may give it another shot later on.

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    Re: Masking and cloning - Before & After

    Quote Originally Posted by jiro View Post
    The cloning above the flowers are not..
    Jiro, now that you point it out----it's soooo obvious.
    I must have been staring at this picture too long. I'll try again later.

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    Re: Masking and cloning - Before & After- another try

    Better - or worse?

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    Re: Masking and cloning - Before & After- another try

    Much better, but can still be improved. Kris, watch out for those obvious repeating strokes like the ones you have on the upper right corner. That is a definite giveaway that something was cloned or edited in that region. With a little more patience I know you can do it.

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    Re: Masking and cloning - Before & After

    I personally like the chain link with the flower. I think it is what is behind the fence that I would change, maybe a black BG (behind the fence) with illumination shining down on the flower as if a streetlamp..sort of "urban flower'. Sorry LOL my imagination runs wild when I see photos.

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    Re: Masking and cloning - Before & After- another try

    Something like "Practice makes perfect"?
    I'll try to find another picture that's marked as discard to see if it can be rescued.
    This old dog is learning too many new tricks lately - and loving every minute of it.
    Can't wait to retire .....

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    Re: Masking and cloning - Before & After

    Quote Originally Posted by henry17106 View Post
    I personally like the chain link with the flower. I think it is what is behind the fence that I would change, maybe a black BG (behind the fence) with illumination shining down on the flower as if a streetlamp..sort of "urban flower'. Sorry LOL my imagination runs wild when I see photos.
    Oh man, do you know what ideas you just put in my head?
    Now I need to experiment with that as well!
    I just may give it a shot and see what I can come up with! Who knows, I may start to like chainlink fences....

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