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Dash of Inspiration: Clean Up Those Photographs

September 10, 2012

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Clean Up Those Photographs

We’ve chatted in the past about background removal, but some … in fact most photographs … need a bit of cleanup to make them worthy of the professional marketplace.  Sunspots, unwanted hot spots, background bits which are distracting and even unclean lens can leave marks on your finished photograph.

Remember the basic rule of thumb for photography: “If it doesn’t ADD to the overall image, it is distracting.”

So, I thought I’d offer some tutorial links today for Photoshop, GIMP, and Paint Shop Pro users which may inspire those of you who may not have already mastered these techniques, the tools to expand your knowledge base.  As with nearly all digital techniques, cloning takes practice, practice, practice, and even some experimentation to refine the techniques into a method which works best for you.

You can use the cloning tool to cleanup backgrounds by removing distracting branches and other bits which just couldn’t be avoided when taking the image.  Use it to repair areas in the image which are not visually appealing such as damaged petals or bugs on flowers, patches of dead grass, hot spots, or lens flare to name a few.  Once you’ve become a master at using the cloning tools, add your own imagination and use it to create additional elements within your photograph.

Lastly, those who wish to become ‘experts’ at digital composition where you create imagery from the use of many different elements; becoming a ‘master’ of the cloning tools is an absolute necessity.

See you next week!

Great Photoshop cloning tips you probably don’t know

Gimp Tips Part 6: Using The Clone Tool

Removing Backgrounds with Paint Shop Pro 6

Paint Shop Pro Basics 25) Tools – Clone Brush

The cloning tool was used extensively in this image to clone petals and leaves over the ‘fence’ line, to add greenery in areas which needed filling, and to remove bad spots on petals.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. paintedcottages permalink
    September 11, 2012 3:54 pm

    my favorite combo…kitty, roses & pinks!

  2. March 2, 2017 11:07 am

    Thank you for another inspiring and helpful article. I like the statement, “If it doesn’t ADD to the overall image, it is distracting.” It makes it a lot easier to decide which elements can stay and which ones needs to go.

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