Okay, okay – so I’ll give GIMP a try. I’ll let you know how it compares to Photoshop. Fair warning – once I’m in love with something, it is difficult to persuade me to try anything else. But – who knows, I’m might be pulled over to the dark side of open source.
As previously posted, my daughter married last summer and I’ve been slowly but surely editing, cropping, and other fun things to the photos. The photographer, JS Photos did a beautiful job and some of the wedding photos can be viewed Here. Just in case you’re wondering, the wedding was held in the formal garden at the Crescent Hotel in Historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We had a blast!
On with the Photoshopping. Em wanted to give her Dad a picture of them from the wedding for his night stand as a Christmas present. Problem: subjects are not close enough to the camera, ugly speaker on the right and an ugly telephone pole shooting out the top of my daughter’s head. While I’m against cloning animals and human beings, this is one instance where I approve of cloning. Cloning (in Photoshop) is a good thing! Your clone tool in the Photoshop menu appears as a rubber stamp icon. Select that tool, and then select an area to replicate and the paint over the uglies. Be very careful while duplicating or it will look fake. A little bit a time, patience and steady hand. Here’s the original photo.
And, here’s the corrected photo after cloning out the telephone pole and part of the speaker (had to clone trees, rock wall and grass), zooming and slight color correction. Viola! No Uglies. Just proud Pappa and lovely bride.
Go play with the clone tool. Erase wrinkles, erase moles, erase people you don’t like – go for it.
GO OUT AND PLAY!