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Filling in missing pieces

From: Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

Video: Filling in missing pieces

Well, it would be wonderful if pieces didn't break off and go missing from all photos, that's not reality. If you're lucky, you'll still have the piece that came off but the chances are good that you don't. If it's just a tiny piece, you might just crop the photo but it's more fun to try to fix them. We are going to work on one of the most intimidating things to fix; part of a missing tree. It's really not that hard once you know how and after you mastered that, most everything else will be a breeze.

Filling in missing pieces

Well, it would be wonderful if pieces didn't break off and go missing from all photos, that's not reality. If you're lucky, you'll still have the piece that came off but the chances are good that you don't. If it's just a tiny piece, you might just crop the photo but it's more fun to try to fix them. We are going to work on one of the most intimidating things to fix; part of a missing tree. It's really not that hard once you know how and after you mastered that, most everything else will be a breeze.

We're going to do our work this time on a blank layer over the original. Go to the Create a New layer icon at the bottom of the layers panel and click it. Name the new layer Tree. In this case, the damage is at the upper left-hand corner. So let's zoom-in that area by going to the toolbar and selecting the Zoom tool or the Magnifying Glass. Click on the missing corner about three times to bring it in real good and tight. Go back to the toolbar, and grab the Clone Stamp tool.

Make sure the Sample All layers box at the top is checked. Enlarge your Brush using the Right-bracket key. Let's go up to about 60 pixels. Making sure the New Blank layer is selected, Alt or Option+Click on an area to sample from and begin painting in the torn area. Change your reference point often to keep the cloned area looking random. You don't want the new area to be an exact clone of the area below it.

If you keep the reference point too long, you're going to get repeated areas that just won't look very good. See this one is already starting to repeat. So click and fix it until you find something that isn't the exact same as an area right next to it. If you keep cloning something that's very distinctive like one particular rock on the ground in some photo or in this instance a tree branch, it will look very obvious and fake.

Just clone back over it using another reference area. If you clone an area, and don't like how it looks, clone back over it. That's actually a good thing to do. That's how you'll achieve the randomness we are looking for. You can do bigger pieces if you start from an area that's farther away from the one you're working on. For instance let's go over here and then clone back way over across. We can go back and fix random parts here in a minute.

Let's move up a little bit, and just keep cloning in the areas. Try to stay away from colors that are too obviously different, but you can always go back and blend the areas using little random clicks here and there. Remember, you can always undo using Command or Ctrl+Z, and move on, always move on.

Get some areas that are far away again. If you saw right here I was starting to get the edge of the roof. You've got to be careful of that. Just clone back over and add a little more randomness. Now, we're going to fix this area which is the edge. This is a little trickier.

Find this area that's pretty far away from this one and click here, and then move up all the way across. Let's fix this area. Use different areas to make it look random, and just have fun. Clicking in cloning is fun. Now, we want to blend this area a little better right here, and then we'll fix this repeat pattern.

Just eyeball it and see if you see anything that's an obvious repeat, and then we're going to go in and fix this rough edge. That's why we cloned on our own layer. Go over here to your Rectangular Marquee tool and select it. Find a point at your frame or at the edge you want to clean up, come over here and Command or Ctrl+X to delete and do the same over at the side, make the selection based on your frame, Command or Ctrl+X to delete, and there you have a nice clean edge.

Let's zoom-out. Now we are going to show you before and after. Here is before, and after, and look at that, we've got our tree back. People often look at a photo and see one or more missing pieces, and think it's horribly damaged. But even the scariest looking damage like part of a tree isn't that hard to fix with just a little know-how and some practice.

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Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

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  1. 1m 40s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 13m 20s
    1. Identifying your media
      2m 45s
    2. Determining your equipment needs
      2m 24s
    3. Setting your scanner
      3m 26s
    4. Scanning negatives, slides, and film
      1m 11s
    5. Digitizing damaged and delicate photos
      3m 34s
  3. 10m 51s
    1. Importing photos into the Organizer
      3m 34s
    2. Adding captions and notes
      2m 47s
    3. Adding keyword and smart tags
      4m 30s
  4. 25m 11s
    1. Using Levels
      4m 7s
    2. Fixing fades with Threshold
      3m 22s
    3. Adjusting contrast using Color Curves
      4m 18s
    4. Darkening images with blend modes
      2m 12s
    5. Adjusting brightness and contrast
      2m 2s
    6. Using Quick Fix for lighting
      4m 12s
    7. Fixing automatically with Guided Edit
      4m 58s
  5. 18m 59s
    1. Using Levels to fix color
      3m 29s
    2. Correcting color automatically with Enhance
      3m 39s
    3. Correcting color with complementary colors
      5m 19s
    4. Using Color Variations
      3m 28s
    5. Using Quick Fix for color
      3m 4s
  6. 22m 37s
    1. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      5m 24s
    2. Using the Healing Brush
      5m 5s
    3. Working with newspaper and magazine images
      3m 12s
    4. Softening paper texture
      4m 40s
    5. Taming fingerprints
      4m 16s
  7. 42m 52s
    1. Repairing small rips and creases
      4m 22s
    2. Repairing large tears
      8m 22s
    3. Filling in missing pieces
      5m 36s
    4. Reassembling a photo from pieces
      10m 12s
    5. Fixing and replacing backgrounds
      5m 0s
    6. Using Photomerge with panoramas
      3m 59s
    7. Repairing documents
      5m 21s
  8. 22m 48s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 1s
    2. Making a calendar
      3m 52s
    3. Creating a personalized greeting card
      4m 26s
    4. Making a slideshow (Windows only)
      4m 22s
    5. Creating a flyer
      4m 7s
  9. 25s
    1. Final thoughts
      25s

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