Thursday, July 29, 2010
Editing A Photo’s Background With The Patch Tool
Have you ever looked through your pictures thinking, “If only I had just moved this little thing out of the way!”
Yes, ideally you get the perfect background in camera. But sometimes you don’t catch something until later. Take this shot. I should have noticed that the blanket didn’t cover the frame entirely. But while I was shooting, I got lost in this little guys beautiful eyes and just didn’t see it until post. In times like this, I use the lasso and patch tools to do a little fix.
I’m working in Photoshop CS3 on a PC.
First, select the lasso tool and make a selection around the area you want to fix. After you’ve lassoed it, click the button on the top toolbar to refine the edge.
Move your selection to a place with a similar look. In this case, I’m going to choose a nearby patch of blanket, making sure that the lines of the blanket still match up.