A couple of months back, I shared this photo that I took of my nephew, Cooper, for his birth announcement.
I got a lot of compliments on the photo (Why, thank you!), and even a lot of “Were you on a ladder?” and “Where did you find a blanket that big?”
In short, the answers are: No, and I didn’t.
When I took this photo, I was standing right on the floor, directly over Cooper. No ladder needed.
And believe it or not, that blanket did not come close to covering the whole floor.
Here is the original shot:
Way too bright, and the background is busy and distracting. But let’s make it work!
Enter: The magic of editing!
I started by enhancing the color tones taking down the light a bit, which brought out the details that were a little washed out in the sunlight.
Then I zoomed WAY in and, using the Clone Stamp Tool as a virtual lint-roller, removed any fuzz and dog hair from the blanket (Cooper’s big sister is a white bulldog named Mush!), until the blanket was totally black.
Now you see it…
Now you don’t!
Once the colors were all set, I used Clone Stamp again and a TON of patience to carefully “stretch” the blanket to the corners of the photo. I had the tool on 100% opacity and a fairly large size brush, adjusting when I needed to.
I began to realize that I was, at times, forming wrinkles and creating a distracting and busy background (see: lower circle in screenshot below). I was able to remedy the situation by carefully fine-tuning my stamp usage and cloning in flatter areas in a way that “ironed out” a lot of distracting wrinkles. And, as you’ll see in the upper red circle on this screen shot, the clone stamp will copy anything in its path, including the wood floor, so I had to keep on top of that as well.
While I was super close up in this photo, I also noticed that the bright light on the black blanket created some green tones- and I did not want to enhance those by spreading them throughout the photo. Just as I did with the “ironing” portion, I was sure to go back over the greener areas with clone stamps of darker spots.
I’m a minimalist when it comes to editing, so I don’t usually do quite this much post processing, but I saw potential in this photo and learned a lot in the process!
Check it out, before & after:
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