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(Hopefully) I won’t fail our Photoshop class; I’ve spent enough years working the program. This fix took me about 90 minutes. It was interesting to me for a few reasons:
- This was a technically challenging task. During the ordinary course of a shoot I take great care to stage/pose the scene so I can minimize this kind of needless cloning, so it is very rare indeed that I have to do this much cloning to a single image.
- Dealing with the glass and having to pretty much make things up as I went along was honestly fun.
- Practice. It’s been a while. Keep dem skills sharp.
I am not going to give a blow-by-blow guide to fixing this image, but I will share some tips for classmates:
- There is a great deal of barrel distortion evident in the image. This tells me that it was shot with a wide-angle lens for may two metres away (at most). Look at the stairs and see how it curves. You will have an easier time in removing the man if you first remove the barrel distortion with the Lens Correction tool: Open up the Lens Correction tool (Ctrl+Shift+R or Filters-> Lens Correction) and click into custom. The top slider, labelled “Remove Distortion”, is what you need for this. Play with it until the image is straighter.
- Don’t dab. Use a bigger brush.
- A lot of the wall can be “cloned” just by using the Paint Brush (B). Hold the Alt key and the paint brush will turn into an ink dropper. Simply click on an area of wall to sample its colour. Turn down the opacity a bit a just paint.
- Use layers for the love of god. Set the Clone tool to sample “Current layer and below”. It makes undoing a mistake trivial.