Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Worked Hard For This One- A Photoshop Tutorial too

I took this picture last Saturday from the top of a brick wall in Kemah. When you have a family sitting on a large concrete Texas, you just have to get above them- right? Shortly after taking this picture, I fell off that wall. I was a little sore for a few days and I jacked up my hip, but I really am fine.

You can imagine how interested I was (after all of that) to see how this picture turned out. I was mostly pleased except for the car in the upper right corner. So I dropped the picture in to Photoshop Elements and got to work on covering up that car.

So what did I do? I am glad you asked.

After playing with the color a little in Lightroom, I did this:

1. I cropped the picture as much as I could to get rid of as much of that car as possible

2. I used my quick selection tool to copy the flower bed in the upper left corner and then I pasted it over the car.

3. I didn't want the flower bed to be huge so I had to leave some car uncovered up in the corner. So I used my clone stamp tool to clone the grass and copy it over the car to make the flower bed look deeper

4. Then I used my blur tool around the bottom edge of the flower bed to blend it in so it did not look like a sticker on top of the tiles.

I did essentially the same thing for a friend the other day who wanted me to replace his mother in law's closed eyes in a picture. I think the blur tool and the clone stamp tool are the secret to making this trick look natural. On the eye switch, I had to clone stamp some skin changes.

Let me know if you have any questions

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

it's amazing what you can do with PE. I may have to put it on my Christmas wish list. :)