Unusual History Brush Scenario ?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Dennis Hughes, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. I'm using CS on an XP platform.

    I have a fairly dark jpg given to me by our club photog. This is a nice
    image of couples taken at our Christmas party.

    Unfortunately, the photog set the camera to place the picture date in bright
    orange over the clothes of the couples.

    The image is a little too dark for my preferences & adjusting the levels
    make the change nicely.

    When I use the clone stamp command to remove the orange date, the dark suit
    looks just fine. If I lighten the image after using the clone stamp tool,
    you can see where I used it.

    If I first lighten the image with the levels, then use the clone stamp, the
    pin stripes match & the image looks natural with no evidence the clone stamp
    was used. But the image is now much too light. I tried using the levels to
    redarken the image and the result was unnatural.

    My dilemma - I would like to lighten the image, use the clone stamp tool and
    then darken the image close to its original appearance.

    I tried the history brush, but am not sure if I am using it properly. Will
    this allow me to do this? If not, is this possible with anything else?
    This is a bit long. Sorry for that.


    Dennis Hughes, Dec 30, 2004
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  2. Dennis Hughes

    Mike Russell Guest

    Hi Dennis,

    The normal procedure is to use levels (or better yet curves) to change the
    image to look exactly the way you want, and use the clone tool or healing
    brush afterward.

    I've never heard of cloning on a lighter image, then darkening, as a way to
    hide evidence that the clone tool was used, but that does not mean you
    haven't found something new. If you prefer to work this way, I'd suggest
    duping the layer, lightening it, doing your work on the letters, then using
    a layer mask to retain only the repaired area, which you may then darken to
    match the underlying image.
    Mike Russell, Dec 30, 2004
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  3. Mike,

    This is an unusual situation. If I was printing the images, it would be no
    problem, but I'm sending the image files back to the photog, who may then
    lighten them, or send them on to the subjects of the photo who may lighten
    the image.

    When I lighten the image enough to see the pin stripes in the suit, the
    image is too washed out for my preferences, but I don't keep control of the

    I'll try your solution, that may be the key to making this work.

    Thanks and have a happy new year,

    Dennis Hughes, Dec 30, 2004
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