Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Photoshop Confession

Before I move on to my confession, I thought you might like to see this cutie Eastern Swallowtail peeking from behind the Buddleia! These bushes are true butterfly magnets.Now you remember this photo from yesterdays post. I took the pictures and then realized the debris all around the little frog, and I just couldn't bear to post such a mess. So this is the photo you got yesterday.
Here is the unedited original. YUCK!! (If you click to enlarge, you can see that I need to clean my pottery and sweep the stoop!)
What did I do?
I worked in layers. To remove the debris on the pot, I made a duplicate layer and used Gaussian blur to blur out the whole picture. I brought up a Vector mask to bring everything else back but the pot. I then worked with the Clone Stamp to remove little spots that were still showing. I also used the Clone Stamp to take out the little blade of brown grass at the bottom of the pot. A very tricky process. Continuing with the clone stamp I removed all the little bits and pieces of whatever that is around the frog. I also used the Clone Stamp to remove the little bit of plant in the upper left corner. Lastly I added a little saturation with my favorite Redfield filter, Fractalius.
So there it is my big confession, I think the work was worth the effort!

10 comments:

A New England Life said...

Photoshop? What Photoshop? Who uses Photoshop? ; )

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Photoshop is a great tool, babe. That you know how to use it correctly in this sort of situation is key. Now, if you'd 'Shopped in the frog that would have been way different, but cleaning up some pots is okay in my book!!! If only REAL cleaning were so easy, eh? Still love that little guy!!!

Roy said...

That's quite a shocking confession Mrs Sweatman. Tut! Tut!, but I do forgive you. {:))

Rural Rambler said...

Yes the work was worth the effort! Still, a shocking confession. I think I will have to call the picture taker post processor police on you. Eve I just love your photoshop work. This was a fun post. I am fully awake now but my fingers still don't want to type.

Kerry Hawkins said...

sometimes you have to do what you have to do

Tina said...

Eve, You are so clever..and your edited pic really does look much nicer..but most of my flower pots look like the unedited one at this stage of the summer...if only I could photo shop my back porch of all those yukky bugs, spider webs and fly bodies who like to call my porch home!! ;-)

Leeloo's mum said...

It's official; I need to get photoshop. The original is still very good, but I understand that you like the picture to look even better by removing unecessary things.

PS. The photo with the swallowtail is lovely :)

Jenny said...

Crikey! I need to go on a course! I'm probably using 1% of what I could do with photoshop just because of ignorance. Great clean up job Evie! I also love the shy Swallowtail. (-:

Yvonne aka Country Gardener said...

I think the photoshop stuff is worth doing. That's a lovely swallowtail picture.

dog trot farm said...

Geez Eve quite an admittance, however, I still am in awe of your talent. Anyone can own photoshop, but ya gotta know how to use it. That is a talent in itself!