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03/27/2006 11:20:17 AM · #1
Is there anyway to remove the fence over this Tiger's face in post-processing? I am pretty bad at cloning, my attempts always leave visible lines around the area I clone.

Thanks!

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03/27/2006 11:45:41 AM · #2
Yes.

An extremely proficient PSer can make this pretty invisible. I was off to a pretty good start in about 5 minutes.

That said; it's your photo. Enjoy the challenge to improve your skills. It won't be Basic Editing legal here at DPC, but it can be done.

Turn the opacity of your cloning tool down to 15 or 20% to start with - maybe even lower, pick a brush size slightly smaller than the width of the fence lines, and rough it out. Shrink the tool size to work around the eyes. Be careful. Be patient. Work on a duplicate layer. Use the healing brush tool if you have it. Lock your door. Work for about 2 hours. Take a break. Work 2 more hours.

At that point you should be pretty close, but if you are really an extreme novice, plan on a duplicate schedule tomorrow.

:)

In other words, these aren't easy, but someone here with a lot of experience and skilly MIGHT volunteer some time to help you out and actually do it for you. It's by no means unheard of. It is a LOT of work, though, if you want it perfect.
03/27/2006 11:50:33 AM · #3
Now's the perfect time to practice with the clone tool, it will become your best friend. :-) Make sure the "softness" is set to "0" (right-click while in the clone tool to bring up the menu). Clone in small amounts with the diameter just a little bit wider than the area you're cloning. Try a bit of the healing brush afterwards to further alleviate traces of lines. It all takes a bit of artistry, as if you were painting, but it will get easier the more you try it.
03/27/2006 11:56:58 AM · #4
Zoom in really close and go slow.
03/27/2006 12:23:34 PM · #5
Cloning out a fence

I did the exact thing on my ribbon winning:

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Cloning/Healing brush are your friends.

-danny
03/27/2006 03:12:56 PM · #6
Originally posted by crabappl3:

Cloning out a fence

I did the exact thing on my ribbon winning:

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Scroll down to see the before picture.

Cloning/Healing brush are your friends.

-danny


You did an amazing job cloning that net out. Thank you all for your advice. I thought this picture might be a good one to start honing my post processing skills.

Danny, what lens did you use to shoot this? I notice my pictures are coming out a bit noisy and am not sure if it is due to my technique or my lens. I think part of my problem was accidentally cranking up my ISO too high.
03/27/2006 04:13:57 PM · #7
Originally posted by qbicle:

Danny, what lens did you use to shoot this? I notice my pictures are coming out a bit noisy and am not sure if it is due to my technique or my lens. I think part of my problem was accidentally cranking up my ISO too high.


Lens is not a factor in noise, except to the extent that a "slow" lens may force a higher ISO to be used or encourage underexposure. Underexposure is by far the biggest contributor to additional noise at a given ISO.

R.
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