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Amanda K. Padgham

how to fix creases

Hi all! I wondered if anyone can tell me how to correct creases with adobe ps 6. I took some pics in front of a sheet and want to get rid of all the lines- I osted a pic as an example. Any suggestions? Thanks so much

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3/28/2005 11:54:55 AM

Jennifer E. Betser
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/28/2005
  I am new to photoshop.. however the way I would fix Creases is the Clone Stamp tool... (it looks like a little stamper) you click on a part of the picture that isnt creased (near the crease that way the tone is still the same) and then go over where the crease is. sometimes that tool can be confusing, and I cant really explain, once you use it though it makes sense. Hope it helped.

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3/28/2005 12:39:49 PM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  Yes I would use the clone stamper but I would use it at only about 28-35%opacity. You can keep going over the same area until it looks good. If you use it at 100% you will get lines where the two meet. Also to smooth things out after you clone use your blur tool to the area, I would reduce the presure slightly.
If this doesn't work, buy the new Adobe photoshop CS they have a healing brush that will just majicaly fix this with no fuss at all.(This of course is an expensive option)

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3/28/2005 4:37:31 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  stretch the fabric out at the top?

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3/28/2005 7:41:01 PM

Vince Broesch   As said, the clone tool or healing brush will work. For my two-cents worth, I would just select the background and delete it and replace it. I think it would be just as fast as fixing the background that is already there (a few minutes). Of course if you like the shadow, you would have to make a new one. (select the shadow you have with about a 50px feather, save path, load path on new background, fill path with black, adjust opacity). Anyway if you are new to PhotoShop it will be good practice.

Any questions- just ask here. Lots of people here can help with PhotoShop.


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3/28/2005 9:46:18 PM

Amanda K. Padgham   Thanks so much for your responses! I do have a couple quick questions. First, is there any way to enlarge the clone/stamp tool so it doesn't take so long to even out the crease? Maybe I'm doing it wrong but it seems like it would take forever. Also, how do I just select the background and replace it with a new one? Do I have to use the lasso tool and cut out the image first ir is there a way to just pick the background? Thanks so much for your help!

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3/29/2005 4:42:40 AM

Mary McAllister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/10/2004
  Coming from the PC side -- to enlarge/decrease the brush size, I usually use the bracket keys.
Left bracket ([) to decrease.
Right bracket (]) to increase.
I know this works with PS7 and PSCS...hopefully, it is so in PS6.

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3/29/2005 6:07:58 AM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
You are very new at this photoshop stuff. ;0) To select the background I would use the majic wand tool. It looks like a stick with a star with several points on the top. Get your majic wand click on the blue area and most of the blue area should come up. If you want to add more blue area, hit you shift key on the side of the majic wand there is a little tiny plus sign or minus sign, this signifies if you are adding the next inclusion or deleting the next. You can change this sign by hitting on the shift key. Play around with this wand tool.
You might notice that the lasso tool can work for you too when you are fine tuning. After you do the majic wand you will undoubtedly have areas that you will not want to include or want to include that are tiny. These areas are no good for the majic wand. Pick up your lasso tool. With your shift key adjust the plus, or subtracting (which ever you need to do) then have at it.

REMEMBER **** If at any time for some reason all your selection disapears just go up into EDIT -- UNDO

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3/29/2005 7:20:58 AM

Amanda K. Padgham   Thanks so much! Ok- so I figured out the magic wand tool. Now, if I want to change the color of the background what should I do? I learned how to make it completely white but can I make it a different color? I really appreciate all this!!

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3/29/2005 8:23:35 AM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  Go out and have fun, take pictures of all sorts of stuff: easter egggs, jelly beans, grass, the side of an easter basket etc etc your mind is your limit. Down load your photo. Fill the background with this.
OK, you might not know how to do this and this is a LOT more technical.
Amanda, I recomend you go out and purchase a book called photoshop bible, just go ahead and purchase the photoshop bible for the version 7. The book is $40 and it will be WELL WELL worth every penny!! You might be able to find a deal on Amazon. PLEASE TRUST ME ON THIS ONE! When people on this site start talking techy stuf on this site and use a term, all you will have to do is look in the glossary, look it up and read all you ever wanted to know about how to do it! You will have it mastered in no time.
Replacing a background is using layers (AHHH HELP ME!!!!!) and it can become quite involved. I will try to make this quick.
1. Select your little boy via: wand etc.
2. On top of your screen hit select-invert. Hit Delete.
3. Now you have just deleted your background.
4. Go into layers duplicate your little boy.
5. Open the background picture you want for the background.
6. Lasso the entire picture and copy it.
7. close this window.
8. Open the window of your little boy.
9. Hit paste.
10. Now hit control & T move the picture to the area you want it to go adjust the dimensions.
11. In the layers box move the background to the bottom of the stack so it is last.

I know that this is not all inclusive but if you have question you can e-mail me. Hope this helps

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3/29/2005 8:54:37 AM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
You know after I thought about It you might not want to go into layers just yet. There are other ways of changing the color.
Why don't you just use your eye dropper tool on the blue in his eyes. Hit on the color box. Move the color to a much deeper blue by about 5 times the strength but keeping the tone the same. Take your paint brush make it Huge. Go into the opacity reduce it to about 20% or less. (Make sure your selection is still on the background only and NOT the little boy) Go over the back ground until you get a deeper blue. You can also work by changing the paintbrush to overlay, or darken, these will give different effects. Becareful and play around with this until you get the feel for it. ALWAYS remember if you make a mistake use your UNDO key!!!
This will be a much easier way for a more beginner. Hope this helps

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3/29/2005 9:10:33 AM

Vince Broesch   I think we should have told you that PhotoShop does this dumb thing, it won't let you delete part of the photo on the "background" layer and let the deleted part go transparent. So you might need to double-click on the "background layer" in your layers palette and give the layer a new name, the default name "layer 0" will be a fine.


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3/29/2005 7:41:28 PM

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