Adobe's content-aware technology, as found in Photoshop and Elements, has a rival. Perfect Photo Suite 8 now has a Perfect Eraser tool in its Perfect Layers module. It works just like its Adobe equivalent – you paint over the object you want to remove and it magically vanishes, replaced by surrounding details and textures. Adobe's version is pretty fickle. On the right sort … [Read more...] about What’s missing from this picture? Actually, it’s seven things, all removed with the Perfect Layers 8 Perfect Eraser…
Image retouching can be as simple as removing a couple of sensor spots from a sky or cloning out a few scraps of rubbish in a landscape shot. It can also be a highly-valued professional skill in the fashion and advertising industry.
Plenty of programs offer spot removal and retouching tools, some with 'content aware' object removal that attempts to replace unwanted objects with details from the surroundings. Where these work or not depends on the particular image – you can think of them as no-loss experiments. If they don't work you can simply hit the Undo button and go back to regular cloning tools.
The principles of the Clone Stamp tool in Photoshop and its equivalent in other programs are pretty simple. Getting a good results doesn't need any particular technical understanding – instead, it relies heavily on experience, subtlety, patience and skill. You can read about it as much as you like, but it's only by doing it that you get the 'touch'.
Spots, blemishes and messy details can spoil otherwise great shots, but you can fix them without ever leaving Aperture. You've probably spotted the Retouch tool on the bottom toolbar, and this does a decent enough job on minor problems, but have you tried the Aperture Spot and Patch tool in the main tools panel? Maybe you didn't even know it was there...? The Retouch … [Read more...] about Discover the secrets of the Aperture Spot and Patch tool
To be honest, I don't use portrait enhancement plug-ins that much. It's too easy to end up with something that looks like a porcelain doll rather than a real person. However, I do like shooting portraits, and I do realise that sometimes the lighting or your own technique doesn't do your subject any favours – so I thought it would be a good idea to take a proper look at OnOne … [Read more...] about How to get started with OnOne Perfect Portrait
If you use a digital SLR, it's hard to avoid dust spots on the sensor. But if you're using Capture One, you can fix the dust on one image and then apply the same correction to a whole batch. You can do this because sensor spots don't move. Once you've got a spot, it'll be in the same place every time (unless your camera's dust-removal system dislodges it, or you clean the … [Read more...] about How to remove sensor spots automatically in Capture One
Shooting in available light often gives the most natural and attractive portraits, but it also means you often have to shoot at high ISOs. I took this informal picture while I was working on a feature for N-Photo magazine, and while the light from the window is soft and even, it's not very bright and I had to use an ISO of 2000. The picture was taken on a Nikon D4, which … [Read more...] about How to control noise for better portraits in Lightroom