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Old 06-28-2007, 04:12 AM
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Question about the Clone Tool

I am still trying with my pictures that I posted here
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...lens-blur.html

(titled Movement Blur/Lens Blur)
I have looked through prior posts and seen that often used is the "Clone Tool"
How do I use it?
What is it used for?
How can it help me with my problem above?

following is as close as I have gotten but there seem to be explosure problems
I have tried burning but that isn't working
lemme know what you think!
cheers!
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Old 06-28-2007, 06:57 AM
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Re: Question about the Clone Tool

The clone tool is used to overwrite pixels with other pixels, like 'cloning' out power lines, cracks, etc.

Basically you select some source pixels by holding Ctrl and clicking an area of the image, and then you move to the pixels you want to overwrite and paint like normal.

I don't see how this tool will help you with your motion blur problem though.

Sorry.
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Old 06-28-2007, 07:24 AM
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Re: Question about the Clone Tool

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I don't see how this tool will help you with your motion blur problem though.
What you can do with it, is to remove the "extra edges".
If you for example take the mans right arm, there is two edges. Now you can choose to remove the outer line by adding grass, or to remove the inner edge by adding skin.
The clone stamp is a great tool to do that, and by applying technique to the whole picture you will remove alot of the "blur" effect.


Now i am new to the forum, and not used to explain retouches in words, especialy not in english. Hope it helps some tho.
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:20 AM
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Re: Question about the Clone Tool

Hi drusilla,

Unfortunately there's not going to be too much you can do with a picture as blurred as yours.

Photoshop is a great tool, but there are still things it can't do, and "unblurring" things is pretty much at the top of the list. Not that any other programme does much better.

There are specific deblurring software packages, but I've never seen any that deal with substantially blurred images in any way that most people would accept as satisfactory.

As Magnus says, you could spend time with the clone tool trying to eliminate one or other of the double edges that are throughout your picture, but it would be an enormously time consuming venture and the end result would still probably fall short of what you'd wish.

I'm afraid the only real answer with your image is to re-shoot it (if possible).
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:23 PM
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Well I tried to clean it up some using the High Pass Filter

I copied the layer and used overlay as the layer blending mode.

To this layer I added a high pass filter at about 7
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Old 06-29-2007, 01:50 AM
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Re: Question about the Clone Tool

To show what i meant, i worked a litle with your picture during the moring coffe... mostly cloning, but i added some contrast and sharpness too.

Link!
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Old 06-29-2007, 02:41 AM
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Re: Question about the Clone Tool

Nice work Magnus.

Long way from a sharply focused image, but a vast improvement on the original.
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