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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
Sometimes the Clone Stamp tool does the best job of removing an unwanted object form an image. I'd like to give it a try here to remove this hook and part of this rope. I'm going to zoom in so that we can see this area better, and I'll select the Clone Stamp tool here in the toolbar. Then I'll go over to the layers panel and I'm going to make a new layer and I'll name that new layer clonestamp. I'll go up to the options bar and there I want to make sure that Sample All layers is checked.
I've done this so that the tool will consider the image on the Background layer here even though I have the clonestamp layer selected, so that the pixels that are doing the cover-up job will be on the clonestamp layer. This arrangement gives me the flexibility to work with the cover-up pixels without affecting the image on the layer below. In the options bar, I'll also make sure the Aligned is checked, so that as I move my mouse over this object to remove it, the point, from which the tool is sampling good pixels, will move with me, so that it's constantly sampling from different areas.
Now I'm going to move my mouse into a clean area of snow. I don't want to go so close to my jacket that I see a preview of the jacket in the brush tip. So I'll wait until I see nothing, but snow in the brush tip and then I'll hold down the Alt key on the PC or the Option key on the Mac and I'll click over the snow to sample those white pixels and then I'll move over this hook and I'll click and I'll click and I'll click and as I do, the white pixels copied from the snow are doing a great job of covering that hook and now this rope.
I prefer to click rather than to drag because some times dragging leaves a telltale mark. Now when I get up here, I'm going to make my brush tip a little smaller, so that it fits in the space and if I find that I'm picking up something other than snow, I'll sample again from another area of this snow. So I'll come down here to this open clean area of snow. I'll hold down the Alt key on the PC or the Option key on the Mac and I'll click there to sample again and then I'll come up and I'll cover the rest of this part of the rope.
Now if I happen to go too far, so let's say that I cover my finger like this, I have the opportunity to erase the white pixels that are covering my finger because those are located on a separate layer from the image. So I'll get the Eraser tool in the toolbar. I'll move into the image and I'll click and drag over the area where I used to have a finger erasing the white pixels that covered that up. I'll go back to 100% view by double- clicking the Zoom tool and I think that's done a pretty good job of removing that unwanted piece of rope from the image.
So when you're trying to remove items from your images, if you've tried the Healing Brush tool and the Spot Healing Brush tool and they're not doing the job for you, give the Clone Stamp tool a try.
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