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    Cloning out larger areas.

    I posted this Raven on AP recently and was told to clean up the sky. On a second look, I could see lots of marks, which I did not notice the first time around. I have since cleaned it up a bit more, but found, as I was cloning, I was just leaving cloned marks behind. So it was a slow process in picking clean areas to use. I could go int paint and just cut out the sky and recolour it, but that would be slow. I only use Paint and Faststone, I had PS, but found I could not use it. Is there a way of highlighting the sky so you can pick up these marks, or am I doing things all wrong

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    OK, I answered back in the other thread. Here you have told me what I asked there.

    Now this Faststone, can you select the sky, being careful to miss the small feather detail on
    bird's neck? If you can, you should be able to apply a filter like Gaussian Blur to minimise the
    blotchiness of the cloning marks.

    (Now at this point, should I ask why you cloned out the - presumably - foliage at all?)

    Also, have you still got the copy of CS2 somewhere (uninstalled)?

    Using Photoshop, it is a cinch to do...

    Have a look at the pic below, where I used a Surface Blur filter with settings shown. You can
    see the selection I worked on. This is to say that cloning has its limits.

    TG's Crow blur...
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    Last edited by ameerat42; 20-08-2016 at 11:55am.
    CC, Image editing OK.

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    am ... I now have the user manual for FastStone ( as I sent them a donation ). It appears you can select individual area via rectangle, oval, or freehand and edit these areas. You can lighten etc. So I need to do some reading.

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    With this particular image and that plain white background, I'd just use a paint brush rather than trying to clone. Select that colour and paint over all those unwanted marks.
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    am .. I used this method to recolour the entire BG of my wife's family ( at the FIL 100th birthday )

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    FS and Paint have their (severe) limitations.

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    Yes I know.........The trouble is SO DO I

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    I think you should post the original photo that has no changes done before comments on what you should do can be offered.

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    Mark .. it was a simple cloning exercise, took only a few minutes, but left a few off white marks. I was hopping for a simple method of picking these marks up. I know of several long winded methods, of cloning out the BG, as shown with the family above. Cut out the BG and refilled it with a colour. ... I guess, these will be the method I will have to use.

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