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    Cloning out overhead cables

    Something new I'm trying here. 3 shots then using photomatix 4.1, but that's for another thread.

    This is something I find very hard. When ever I try to clone out cables I'm left with something obvious has been done.
    Any hints or tips for the image below? I will be using photoshop (7 or cs5)

    Cloning out overhead cables

    image can be found here too..... http://s988.photobucket.com/albums/a...tonemapped.jpg

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    Re: Cloning out overhead cables

    Dave, it is a little hard to see the cables on both your images due to size, but I can still see them. I use CS5; for cloning out cables it can be an intensive process. Normally I start with the healing brush, depending on the amount of wires; If there is sufficient clouds that I can clone stamp or copy a whole section over the wires and mask them out that is what I do. When I use the healing brush I start with the wires that are furthest away from other wires, normally top to bottom, but in my example below I did each of the farthest wires. (eg. Bottom wire, 6th wire, 10th wire up, then all the rest) Here is an example of how well the healing brush can work:

    Original:

    Cloning out overhead cables

    Healing brushed wires:

    Cloning out overhead cables

    As you can see there is still some artifacts from the removed wires, but with some patience they will disappear.

    Hope that helps
    Ryo

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    Re: Cloning out overhead cables

    Aw that's a shame - the wires were the best bit! (Can't you clone out that ugly black lump in the foreground....? )

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    Re: Cloning out overhead cables

    hahaha Ian



    Thank you Ryo. I didn't know about the healing brush tool. I done a quick job just to see and it works wonders
    It's not perfect but much better than it was. click on link for large picture.... http://www.flickr.com/photos/5246926...n/photostream/



    This is what it looks like now for the forum size.
    Cloning out overhead cables

    Thanks again..... Happy man here

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    Re: Cloning out overhead cables

    Hi Dave,

    A few of my tips for cloning are;
    Zoom in until you don't need to be too accurate.
    Make the brush size just bigger than what you're covering up.

    If it is a bland background, I just sample alongside and clone stamp along at 100%, quite quick.
    If something crosses the wire (e.g. it passes in front of something), sample alongside exactly on the mid midpoint and wipe along the edge across the wire.
    Do it in stages (releasing mouse button often), that way if you goof, a quick Ctrl+Z (undo) removes the last bit only
    Do tricky bits first, then easy bits
    Increase history depth
    Do it on a copied layer

    If any artefacts remain, especially in a sky, a quick whizz over with blur brush can help remove 'the evidence'

    I don't use the healing brush (I can't predict where it'll sample from
    I haven't ever got the hang of content aware fill so I don't use that!

    Cheers,

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    Re: Cloning out overhead cables

    Thanks Dave Just looked up blur brush cs5 and can't find it. Where might it be?

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    Re: Cloning out overhead cables

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline View Post
    Thanks Dave Just looked up blur brush cs5 and can't find it. Where might it be?
    Saving a thousand words, here;

    Cloning out overhead cables

    You may have last used Sharpen or Smudge, so icon may differ.

    Right click to get the choice shown.

    Oddly, it doesn't have a keyboard shortcut letter assigned like most do.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Cloning out overhead cables

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Saving a thousand words, here;

    Cloning out overhead cables

    You may have last used Sharpen or Smudge, so icon may differ.

    Right click to get the choice shown.

    Oddly, it doesn't have a keyboard shortcut letter assigned like most do.

    Cheers,

    Dave. Thanks a million. I have not used any of them. I just tried the sharpening tool too. I tried it on the center of this flower that popped up in the garden yesterday. What a difference. I've got 3 for the price of one here lol. Thanks again

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    Re: Cloning out overhead cables

    I don't believe anybody has mentioned CS5's CONTENT AWARE FILL?

    Bloody brilliant, especially for removing wires.

    Alternatively there's this method using the pen and an action for spot healing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssNQ2...feature=relmfu

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    Re: Cloning out overhead cables

    Quote Originally Posted by Fit View Post
    I don't believe anybody has mentioned CS5's CONTENT AWARE FILL?

    Bloody brilliant, especially for removing wires.

    Alternatively there's this method using the pen and an action for spot healing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssNQ2...feature=relmfu
    That was Chinese to me lol. I'll look for for video's on content aware fill though. Thank you.

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    Re: Cloning out overhead cables

    Content aware fill is superb, and as Dave found out the new algorithms in CS5 for the Sharpen Tool have transformed it from something that was unusable to a really great tool for adding that extra zing to the correct bits of a photo

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    Re: Cloning out overhead cables

    There's so much in CS5 I'm not sure the boffins at Nasa would work it all out lol

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