Several hours ago I wrote this post and then my Firefox crashed and when it restarted I had a virus! So steps were taken for removal which seems to have worked and then it was off to see one of my favourite comedians – Eddie Izzard – for the first time live.
OK there was no Wk 2 from me as I had to go to Australia for a conference and was too busy and as my plan was to try and remove the nasty grey block in the background, I wanted to make sure my head was in the right space for that 🙂
Post Processing Steps:
1. Open up base Tiger image in PS and muck about with content aware and patch tool and decide that wasn’t going to work.
2. Head back to LR and check in catalog to see if there was another image at a different angle with more background past the grey block that I could use to cover it up, WICKTORY yes there was!
3. Edit block replacement image with same LR settings to make sure colour tones match etc.
4. Head over to PS, open up block replacement and Tiger images in separate layers, cut out a chunk to use to cover over the block and paste as a separate layer.
5. Faff around a bit in PS as the size ratio between the two images doesn’t match, the foliage in the replacement image is too small. Head back to LR and crop image a couple of times and try that version on for size – YAY it looks like it fits!
6. Cut out rectangle shape to fit over block and put as base layer. Set tiger portrait as a layer above it and add a mask. Paint in over the block to bring the foliage layer into view instead.
7. Faff around a bit with placement of foliage layer.
8. Zoom in to a pixel level and paint with tiny 2 pt brush around the whiskers and fur on the face of the tiger.
9. Zoom out a bit and with a larger softer brush at around 20% opacity paint around the face and whiskers area to blend it in better.
10. Add in a Brightness+Contrast layer, tweak the settings up a bit to enhance the tiger and then add a mask and paint on the foliage to bring the original layer back in.
11. Add in a Vibrance layer, tweak the settings up a bit to enhance the tiger and then add a mask and paint on the foliage to bring the original layer back in.
I was lucky I had another image with a wider angle that had the matching foliage and amount of blur and colour tonings to use as a replacement.
This is the first time I have done such a major “fix” on one of my images, hopefully it looks natural and not obviously edited 🙂
All comments and feedback welcome 🙂 Did I pull it off?