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Cloning, Healing and Removing Distractions in Photoshop

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Remove Distractions Using Multiple Tools

Matt Kloskowski

Cloning, Healing and Removing Distractions in Photoshop

Matt Kloskowski

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7. Remove Distractions Using Multiple Tools

Lesson Info

Remove Distractions Using Multiple Tools

Let's go back to content aware because there's a couple things we got to see about it. So, content aware this is the true story were on vacation. And, you know, we had we hand the phone to somebody to take a picture of us and we you know, the one picture they hand back to us has three kid running in front of us. It's, um, lasso tool lasts around him. Little brat. And if you ever lasted too much, you could hold down your option key on Mac or your KMPC notice. See, my little lasso goes into minus mood so I can last so away and then edit Phil, I won't use the keyboard shortcut, which is shift, delete or backspace. Um, opens up. You just choose content aware Click OK, whom gone. And then if there's any little spots over here to me, something like this is I mean, I would argue nobody. Nobody would ever know. You know, if you didn't see the original photo, nobody would ever know. But we can go in here and maybe grab the patch tool and help fill in some of those areas patched. It was great fo...

r filling stuff in. You just make little selections and and and move it over. The other thing I usually find is smart. Like you're gonna watch on it. I'm gonna try to demo it. Um, small movements work best. So if you've got a big area to if you've got a big area to go in and try to get rid off a lot of times, what if I mean, if we went back to this one, you know, I usually say, Don't go. Just grab your spot healing brush. If that's the tool you're gonna use for, don't go describe it and paint over the whole thing and then think it's magically gonna go disappear and it always does go disappear But you can actually see I mean, there's there's some remnants over there I usually find if you work in smaller areas, it works a little bit better. So small pieces at a time and just kind of work your way in. And I guess it just lets the tool do a little bit better or job just opening it up to the whole photo. So all right, so that's our content aware we have There's another part of content aware that we didn't take a look at, and that is content aware move. So if you go down here, you'll see we went to Patch. We talked about what content aware fill does, but we didn't talk about content aware move. So content were moved. I will tell you this. You will use it once out of every 100 photos, and you only find one out of every 100 photos where it actually works for. But it can be that it can be like those photos that it totally saved your butt on. So it's it's against one of those things that you never know. It's not a very useful to all the time, but when it does come in, when it does come in handy, it's It's going to save your butt so it works. Kind of like the patch tool we last so around makes a selection, and we put our cursor inside and we move them. And maybe, how about right down here? Move him over there. You make him a little bigger. Oh, come on, there we go. Then we move them right down there and then hit the check box. But here's what's cool about it is if it doesn't fit. You've got some options up here and you can change the options after the fact. So until I until I go to select D Select, I can still change this. So let's let's drag these all down to zero, and I'll show you. So structure. Think of structure as how loose it's going to be around that selection. If I have a very low structure, it's gonna mean it's very strict to the edges of the selection that I have five or higher structure. It will start. It will start to actually look at what you've selected and targeted, and it will start to help move that and more fit into whatever it should be for the area that you're going into. It'll go outside the edges of the selection, so think of it almost as strictness. Zero very, very strict. Staying to your edges higher up, let it go a little bit looser. So in this case, I think a little bit of a looser structure actually works for you could see it kind of squishes them a little bit before, So that's our structure and then color, because a lot of times when you move something, that's gonna be the biggest problem. It's gonna be the color and the tone behind what you're moving it over is not gonna match so over color you can see here we can go in. That was before, and that was after you can see there, it'll match it. Did a pretty good job of brought a lot more that blue We're up here. It was a lot darker of a blue because that's what it was up here. So it's that color slider, but you can move those on fly. You don't have to, you know, have to decide before you use the tool. You can actually change it and see what works. Better for your photo there. All right, Kenna, Uh, I had a couple questions that came in about content aware, kind of back on the last image. But this one's from Svenska, who says in content aware, I find that I cant activate the tool except on the background layer. I just saw you use content aware after duplicating the background layer, and she's wondering if this is the best way to do it or if you just did it for demonstration purposes, you should be able to use content aware on any layer. There used to be a trick, and I don't think it does it anymore. There used to be a trick and photo shop where you would make a selection and you press delete. And if you were on the background layer, so Delete does open up the fill dialog box, which has content aware. But that only works on the background layer. Okay, which might be what they're getting, too. And it used to automatically select content aware, and it doesn't do it anymore. It's just because we used it. But if you have two layers and you press the delete key, it cuts out what's on that layer. So that trick only works on the background layer. Great. Cool. Thank you. No question in the studio. So what you just did there with that on that secondary layer. Um, if you held shift and delete, then it wouldn't do that. The content and where would work properly if you held shift and delete. So I select something If I do shift delete is just a keyboard shortcut to open up the fill dialog box Onley on the background layer. It's one of those weird Photoshopped things have no idea why it's like this one of those secret handshake things. It just makes no sense. So if I'm on the background layer and I hit delete, it opens up the fill dialog box. If I'm on any other layer, it deletes it from that part of the photo. I didn't make it. Diana did blame Diana. Whenever something goes wrong, blame my wife. Not a good approach. You know another question about content aware. This is from E teacher. Can we use content aware tool to move from one picture panel to another Can use content aware to move from one, maybe one image to another. I think that's what they, um so you know, let's try. So we got content aware. Go back. Let's open up. Look at that. Almost as if he was there. Yeah, you can. I think as we've demonstrated, you might not want Teoh. You can, uh So just so you guys know also you can if I do my clone stamp tool. If I do my clone stamp tool and I option all click here and I go over here you can clone from one image to another to while we're on the topic of the Clunes stamp tool. Let's take a look at that. I want to show you a little trick, Um, when you have a anything that's rounded. So let's say let's say that I deemed, you know when I think it actually would be the clone stamp tool would be a good thing to take care of this line here, your clothes, your healing and your content. Aware from my previous experiences working on this photo was which is no indication to future results is my disclaimer. Um, it the cloning works the best to see the problem. I can't get the angle right. So if you go to the window menu, you can go to clone source and you can actually rotate the angle. So if you look, it's a little bit too vertical so I can move it in one angle. It's actually showing you the photo in the background, moving in the other angle. That's the wrong way close. They're pretty close there, so I don't know. I need that big of a brush. But you just repeat, please, how you got to clone Source. The clone sources in a window menu under clone Source. It's a panel will pop out, and you can change that angle. So there's a lot of other stuff you can do inside of there. There's the overlay, the overlays, a little thing that appears inside your mouse. Let's go, really, by default. If you turn the overlay off and I sample from something on the photo, um, you can see it's actually showing me here. Let's move around a little bit. If I sample, it actually doesn't show the overlay at all, and then you could see here clipped. It shows you the whole version of the photo, which to me is way confusing, so I always want clipped on, and it clips it to the boundaries of the brush. But there's a ton of stuff inside of here. There's, ah, you can look. There's the angle, the width and the height, the offset So and you could even save presets. So you find like there's something you always come back to over and over again. You can save it as a little preset in there. Yes, I'm just going back to the question before about Could we move the clone to another file. Can we do it on the same file, but a different lion? Or do they have to be on the same layers, like both the source and the destination? So if your question can you put the cloning on a different layer? Yeah. If I If I make a new layer and I make sure sample all layers has turned on Is that what you're looking for? One that wasn't a blank liar. If it was another image. Yeah, Still work. So here. I mean, let's duplicate it. So if I duplicate, I'm not sorry. Not the Klein stamp. The, um, clone the content aware move to that we were using before with the hiker. Okay, Continent where moved. So we want to put him on another layer yet we tried to put it on another file, and that didn't work. The one that was at the beach scene. So what's? But he had the beach as lie a lot. Would that work then? So let's pretend. No, I don't think it will do what you're thinking of because I want to target this layer. And I want to move him from that layer, but it won't let me see what happens. Because there's gotta be something on that layer. I guess I could target that. Not sure. Oh, can I move? What can you, Mike? There's Can you move from backgrounds to layer one? Can I move from the background? There's a sample, all layers option. If that's Chuck, can you do it? All right. So can I move him from the background toe layer one? We're gonna figure it out. So here's the background move in. But I'm gonna target layer one. Look at that. Yes, you can. Is the sky colors? It didn't, um, all to them. Like it did before. No. With the background. Well, it will here. So the reason why it's not giving me the sky colors no long. It's so I'm moving to stop it. Sample sample clicked, right. There we go. Well, im targeted on the wrong layer, so I move in. Then I hit the check box. Now have access to the structure and the color. So the color blending is not always gonna work either. So it doesn't just cause there is color blending doesn't mean it's always gonna look perfect in there. too. Sorry for the question. That's okay. I actually I wasn't sure could do that. I wasn't sure that we could actually move it between layers like that.

Class Description

It happens to every photographer when they are going through their images. A stray branch, soda can on the ground, or other distracting element in your favorite image. Why not just remove it? Sometimes it’s easy, but sometimes you just can’t make it look right. On top of that, there are several tools that all seem to do the same job in Photoshop®. In this class, Matt Kloskowski will walk through which tools work best for which jobs and how to remove those distracting elements from your photos.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017


Norma Rediker

I usually don't leave comments but I really enjoyed this class because it focused on the one subject. Learning photoshop can be overwhelming. The way he walked you through the whole process of all the tools and how they can work together to finished the job was very helpful.

Barbora Lobkowicz

Great class. Learnt a lot of useful tips and tricks in a short time. Thank you Matt!

Beatriz Stollnitz

Great in depth explanation of the different ways to use cloning and stamping in Photoshop to remove unwanted objects in your photos. As usual, Matt explains the topic clearly and at a great pace.