Friday 3 July 2009

To Clone or to Heal

This week i have processed about 300 images, All images needed some healing,a few cloning and some both-Whats the difference and why and when would you use these tools, The cloning tool does what it says,it clones or copies exactly and the healing brush works out what the pixels are like surrounding the brush and blends the area in so that the dust spot or whatever disappears,Dust is a digital photographers biggest pain, Dust removal systems built into some camera bodies help but dont totally irradicate dust and if you shoot with plain backgrounds like sky,snow or walls then dust will show up as grey dots-these are easily removed with the healing brush, But on a few images of mountain goats in snow i had a small piece of rock intruding into an edge of the image,if i tried to remove this with just the healing brush i would end up with a smudged colour so i had to clone a small line along the image edge then use the healing brush on all of the rock this gave a perfect removal, The same goes with anything that touches the image edge like a power cable running right across the image, Clone both ends then use the healing brush on the middle bit-here i would actually chop the cable up into small pieces with the clone tool and then use the healing brush on the smaller pieces,When i processed my fox images there was traces of dog food on some of the tree stump and i would clone some similar tree bark over this,if i had used the healing brush i would have ended up with smudged bark, I personally dont see a problem in removing small items in an image-enhancing it rather than changing it


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