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Old 11-20-2009, 09:57 AM
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Hi everyone,

I like to think of myself as pretty good with photoshopping images, but I think I've come across my most difficult task yet. Attached is a crop of an image I have to treat. It's pretty obvious what's not meant to be there — the coffee spill and the scratches. I've been spending a bit of time on it but just can't quite get it right. I use a mix of the healing and clone brushes. Is there anything else I can do or just persevere?

Many thanks in advance.

Tabrez.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:05 PM
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Re: Best way to approach this?

It's a little hard to tell from this thumbnail, but often times using the clone tool in the color blend mode and sampling very close to the target area will work. It just depends on whether or not the coffee obliterated the detail or not. If it only discolored the area, it may work fine.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:05 PM
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TommyO, thanks.

It's obliterated. Have a peek.

Thanks,
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:23 PM
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Re: Best way to approach this?

Clone-Patch an Doge-/burn......no?
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:15 PM
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Re: Best way to approach this?

Tabrez,

Actually, cloning in color blend mode will work for about 50% of it - anywhere the coffee is not so opaque. Work small and slow. Use a separate layer for each type of cloning. The rest unfortunately will be a straight clone. Again, work small.

I did a little in the upper left of the cropped area just as an experiment to be sure it worked. You could certainly do better if you take your time.
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:10 PM
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Re: Best way to approach this?

Thank you all for your help! I managed to get through it. All it took was a little patience and slow use of the clone tool.

Thanks again! 3 cheers for user generated responses!
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