Removing Visual Distractions with Stamp Tool
Control, shift, new. Control, shift, N: control, shift, new. Alrighty, so I'm gonna call this background cleanup. So, I am going to do all these signs of civilization here. All this crap. I'm not into it, it can go away. If you watch the photo week version of this, I went over some of this as well. So, I did a class on photo week in the fall, if you want to check that out you can totally do it. So, I'm using this stamp tool. And I'm gonna use all the brushes like I said, I've said this before, come stock in standard with Photoshop. These are not special brushes. Although I highly encourage, I really encourage the use of custom brushes. I'm gonna try using the 32 brush. It might work, it might not. I'm setting it right now, the brush is set to current layer. I'm gonna set it to all layers. Reason why I don't want it set to current layer, of course, is that if I'm stamping on a transparent layer I'm gonna get more transparent layer. My flow is two percent, I need higher than that. I'm ac...
tually just gonna go straight to 100. And all I'm trying to do is make things so that people don't notice it. So, get rid of all the little tiny rooftops. And I'm resampling a fair bit. I think this brush is like a little bit sharp for this job. But, it's so far away and it is a small detail in this image that I think I can get away with it. So, if I was to do this with my own custom brushes, I probably would take a part of this background and create a brush out of it. So that the texture and everything is the same. But, if you want to learn how to make brushes, there are CreativeLive courses on that, and I once again, am not gonna spend another hour or so explaining how to do that. But, the information is totally out there and you can do awesome stuff with brushes. So, get rid of this stuff. Like I said, unfortunately there's no way to make this interesting and exciting. I would love to be able to be like, yeah, this is, like, run around and see awesome crazy changes. But, I mean compositing is a bunch of lots and lots of really tiny changes that turn into big things. So, it's not, you know, one big slider to change everything. It takes time and it's boring. But it's really fun once you get going if you're into that (laughs). So, watch here as I'm going along the water line and I'm making sure that I'm stamping along the water line so that everything is relatively even. I also want to make sure I don't have repeating patterns, so I'm sampling a lot. And like with anything it's kind of like with the fabric moving, right. It's not something that we necessarily want people to notice like, "Oh my god, "look at the movement in that fabric." I just want it to be a detail that nobody notices. Alright, and so they can get back to just enjoying looking at the image and enjoying the experience. So, I have some custom brushes for this task that are totally awesome. But, we're gonna do it this way. Sample some nicer green from over here. Oh, click. Go away. Alright. So, we're just removing distractions. Before, after. Next little batch of stuff down here, there's more real life going on over here. So, we'll get rid of that because it's gonna drive me totally nutty. But in this case, this brush is way too sharp for this. So, I'm gonna try something else. We're gonna try using this 45 brush here 'cause it's got softer edges. Ooh, yeah, this is way nicer. Should've used this before. So, I'm doing this at 100 and 100: 100 opacity, 100 flow. Because I want all the noise to stay consistent. If I do less than 100 percent flow and opacity, then of course, the noise starts to get a little murky. But this is another great example, as I was explaining yesterday, the things that are further away have less contrast, less detail and less saturation. Compare this part here to what's going on over here to what's going on over here. This has far more saturation, far more detail and far more contrast than what's going on down here. So perfect example of that. And, because I'm a little bit neurotic, I'm gonna fix up some of this because it needs to be. There we go. Yeah. That 45 brush is pretty awesome for stamping out trees and homes and stuff. Alright, next thing I want to clean up, is I want to look and I want to see are there any tiny humans in the picture? There's tiny humans in the picture. Little tiny blue shirts. You can go away. I don't know what that is. The thing looks like a Sasquatch or something there. You can go away too. You can go away. And if you're out, ever shooting on location like this, sometimes there's garbage. That's another thing I like to look for when I'm cleaning up an image. Clicking for any trash because some humans did not learn anything when they were in school. And they weren't very nice and they're throwing their garbage everywhere, or it flew out of a backpack. All things are legit and possible. I thought I saw something blue over here, there we go. Garbage. And that's bugging me, it looks like a floating cat head. We're gonna get rid of it. So, now quite quickly, before an after, we've cleaned that up.