In this lesson I will tell you how to use the tool Clone stamp tool (Stamp) remove the person from the photo and restore the background.
Materials for the lesson:
Open the photo Old Couple and above, above the background, create a new layer.
Activate Clone stamp tool (Stamp) (S).
To successfully use Stamp, you must first determine the source (the point to be cloned). To do this, just hold the key Alt and click in the appropriate place of the image, then start drawing. You will draw those pixels that are cloned. Now, when we figured out how the tool works, cancel the last action (Ctrl + Z) and deactivate the checkbox Aligned (Alignment) on the top options bar.
Now take turns taking samples of the sources around the woman and paint over it with a stamp. Unfortunately, there are no universal recipes for how best to use a stamp in any particular case. Try to completely paint over the woman. Don’t worry about the repeating pattern for now, we’ll fix it later.
In the screenshot, red circles mark sources for samples (Alt + click).
You should have something similar.
And do not forget that each stage of cloning should be done on a new layer. After the first stage, we have a background and one new layer.
Notice, despite all my efforts, there was a terrible repeating pattern in the photo (this is a side effect of using Stamp). In the next step, we’ll fix it.
Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and with a Stamp we are trying to carefully get rid of the repeating patterns.
Note that at the level of the legs of a man, the grass is sharper than further (at the level of the knees). We will try to achieve the same result in the left part of the photo. Take a sample of sharp grass and carefully paint over, trying to avoid repeating patterns.
Flowers in the background look unrealistic, so we continue to clone them to the very edge of the document. Don’t forget: new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and Stamp.
The result still looks unnatural. Create a selection of grass on the right side, press Ctrl + Shift + C to copy it, then create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and paste the copied area (Ctrl + Shift + V). Move the copied grass to the left of the image.
Add a mask to this layer. Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal All (Layer – Layer Mask – Show All) and remove the hard edges on the copied grass with a black soft round brush (B). Thanks to this, we will neatly combine the new piece of grass with the background. Repeat this process several times to block other unsuccessful areas of photography.
And the result of our labors.