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After you familiarize yourself with the tool we are using today, try out the other brushes and see what each one does. That way you can create your own personal look in any picture.

Next is the size of your brush. I used 5 pixels, but that doesn’t mean anything to you because your picture may not be enlarged as much as mine. Some times you will use very few pixels. Some times it goes into the hundreds.

Mode, leave in “normal.” Very seldom will you use the rest of the settings until you are Photoshopping in your sleep. This becomes addictive, so expect to spend some late nights playing with the Photoshop Clone tool!

The other settings all have useful and fun capabilities but I find it best if you can do the fundamentals blindfolded before you delve into some of the more advanced stuff.

Branch out as you feel comfortable with it. Just make sure you’re having fun!

O.K. Now we’re ready to begin removing the sign. Hope I can convey it in a comprehensible manner. It’s kind of like copy/paste. We will copy one area and paste it over another in order to cover up what is currently there.

The Photoshop clone tool is like duplicating an area of the picture and using that to “paint” over the sign. Move your mouse over a starting point. That being the area you want duplicated; not the area that will be covered, but the area that you will copy to paint over the sign.

Click on the “Alt” button on your keyboard. You will see the white circle change to a little crosshair or bulls eye. While holding the "Alt" key, center the crosshair over your exact start position. Left click your mouse and let up. That tells the Photoshop clone tool that you want to start the copy right there.

Notice I perfectly align the crosshair where the bottom of the door frame and the white angled line in one of the door slats intersect. [Point "A"] This has to be precise.

Now, while still holding the “Alt” key, move the crosshair to an exact start position for the “paint” to begin. [Point "B"] Again this has to be precise. In the next picture; notice how the two areas look like duplicates of each other where the angled white line meets the bottom of the door frame.

Very carefully, without moving the mouse, release the “Alt” key. You will see your circle again. Now carefully left click. This sets the Photoshop clone tool to exactly reproduce the area left of the sign. It “paints” over the sign by duplicating the area to the left. + is being duplicated, O is being covered.

Now you don’t have to be quite so careful. You can just move back and forth and you will cover the sign with the duplicated area. Because you so carefully laid it out, the door frame and the pattern in the door will fit in automatically.

And because we used the soft brush, it will blend nicely and you won’t see any edges. Cool, huh!? However, if you don’t align things correctly you will end up looking something like the next picture! Looking carefully at the red arrows, you'll se that the door slats don’t line up either. So make sure you are careful with the alignment.

Seeing as how we were careful with the original alignment we end up with this.

If you look very closely you will notice that just to the right of my red dots you can see duplicated imperfections. Some times you will not see imperfections.

Some times you will. Imperfections show in a picture like this where shading changes as you move across the picture. I cloned from the lighter side of the door to the darker side. That left the tell tale imperfections at the dots and the line in the door frame at the arrow.

Now we go back to the left side toolbar. Just above the Photoshop Clone Tool Stamp is the “Healing Brush Tool.” It looks like a bandage. Click on it. Then look at the top toolbar again.

The left most bandage is the reset icon. Next is the “Spot Healing Brush.” Third is the “Healing Brush.” The difference between these two would probably take me a volume to explain because they seem so similar. But if you use each one in the same situation, the result will be drastically different.

The differing result is best learned from the experience of using each. What I can tell you is that the “Spot Healing Brush” automatically samples an area for the healing process.

Thus you have no control over the area you are using for the healing. If you are in tight quarters, as we are now, it will sample an area quite different than you are trying to heal. This gives a lousy result. A good place to use the “Spot Healing Brush”, with auto sampling, is on a person’s complexion.

On the other hand, with the “Healing Brush” you manually set the sample area as we did with the Photoshop Clone Tool. Unlike the Photoshop Clone Tool default setting, once you set the healing area, the brush will use the same starting point with each stroke.

Now you must be careful to not come in contact with a sharp edge or even come too close to it. If you do, either healing brush will substantially blur the edge. If that happens, simply, simultaneously hit the “Control” “z” on your keyboard to reverse the move.

Set up the healing process by holding the “Alt” key and moving your crosshair to the lighter side of the door frame. This is not as critical as the Clone tool. Just set it somewhere in the middle. Left click your mouse.

Now release the “Alt” key, then left click and hold as you move the circle across the imperfection. Set the size as needed. Let up to see the result. You can hold the mouse in place and click, as well as moving it around.

“Control, z” as necessary. This requires infinite patience. Keep healing and reverting until you have a smooth finish.

Once you have that finished the picture will look like this.

Ta-da! Sign - - no sign!



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