Working inside non-horizontal rectangles

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Noel S Pamfree, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    I'm quite new to Photoshop and only have version 6.

    I need to work inside a diagonal rectangle to (a) fill it and (2) clone from
    the surrounding photograph (I do know how to clone!).

    Is this possible as I can only work inside horizontal or vertical

    Many thanks,

    Noel S Pamfree, Nov 3, 2004
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  2. Noel S Pamfree

    Peadge Guest

    Tilt your monitor by placing blocks or books beneath one side. Just kidding!

    I'm not sure exactly what you're trying to do, but you may be able to rotate
    your image, note the number of degrees in the rotation, create a horizontal
    or vertical rectangle, clone what needs to be cloned and rotate the original
    layer and rectangle back by the same degree.

    I'm guessing that you know how to rotate your rectangle to make it diagonal
    by going to Select > Transform Selection, right? Why can't you just clone
    directly into the diagonal rectangle?

    Peadge :)
    Peadge, Nov 4, 2004
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  3. I need to work inside a diagonal rectangle to (a) fill it and (2) clone
    If I understand the question (which I don't, but I can try to guess), create
    a rectangular selection, then use Select->Transform Selection to rotate it
    through 45deg (hold shift as you perform the rotation).
    Derek Fountain, Nov 4, 2004
  4. I appreciated the humour!

    I would prefer to clone directly into a defined diagonal but I don't know
    how to do it!

    I have a picture with a staircase banister with yellow and black warning
    tape in the background spoiling it. I have cloned it freehand but I cannot
    make a perfect job as I can't define an area to stop the clone tool taking
    bits out where they are not wanted.

    Thanks for the info on rotating a rectangle - very useful.

    Noel S Pamfree, Nov 4, 2004
  5. Hmm. Seems like defining a rectangle is way too complicated for the job
    you describe.

    Why not just freehand select the tape, then use the transform function to
    move it to the copy area, then copy & paste, and drag the copy (the clone)
    back over the tape?

    Or maybe zoom in closer and clone verrry carefully in smaller bites. In my
    experience (about 3 years in PS6) there is not much you can't conceal with
    enough care.


    David Habercom, Nov 4, 2004
  6. Noel S Pamfree

    Harry Limey Guest

    I don't know if the area in the "surrounding photograph" which you want to
    clone from is of a similar nature?? but you could try the "pattern maker"
    from the filter menu - and having made a new pattern you can then paint "it"
    into the "diagonal rectangle" using the pattern stamp tool (shares a slot
    with the clone stamp)
    Creating the pattern should be in the help index - if not ask further.
    Harry Limey, Nov 4, 2004
  7. Noel S Pamfree

    Hunt Guest

    If you must use a diagonal rectangle (most of the Selection techniques
    mentioned seem a better route to me), select the Pen Tool and turn on
    View>Grid. Click the Pen Tool on corresponding points on the Grid, until you
    have defined your diagonal rectangle. In the Paths Palette, use the little >
    button on the top right and choose Make Selection. Choose any Feather that you
    might want, then you have a diagonal rectangle Selection.

    Hunt, Nov 4, 2004
  8. Noel S Pamfree

    Hunt Guest

    That should work as well as the Path>Selection method, that I described, and
    maybe even save a step, or two - if that is what the OP wants.

    Hunt, Nov 4, 2004
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