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Help Removing Background Behind Sailboat Rigging

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    Rod, can you post a screenshot of your image so we can get an idea of what you're working with? There are many ways to do this but which is best depends on the image.

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  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    You can draw straight lines with the brush by clicking a start point and holding a shift key when clicking the end point.

    With that in mind, it may be easier to just brush them out with the rest of the sky then use the straight line drawing method to add them back in. They will have to be straight though; if they are slightly curved it won't work.

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  • Rod Mell

    Thanks very much Rick & Brian for the prompt responses. I have removed the buildings on the left. As you can see I will get into the rigging and other things on the boat if I go much further to the right. Hope this photo helps to get me aimed. Really appreciate it! Thanks again.

    BTW all the grain you see was in the very small print (1977) that I scanned this from. 

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    Ok, so here are my thoughts on it.

    The clone stamp is going to be a problem because it get's tricky drawing straight lines and if you make a mistake you have to undo and start again. 

    You do have the tools though to mask out those areas and the masking tools are much easier to use than the retouch tools.

    So, what I would do is instead of trying to remove the objects, duplicate the layer. On the top layer mask them out using all of the masking tools available and make that area transparent (the line mask tool would be great for this). On the bottom layer use the clone to remove everything above the horizon. This includes the buildings, ship mast and ropes (or you could just replace the sky completely). The top layer will still have all of the mast and rigging details in it.

    I did a quick test to make sure it works. The saved image is very low res, so yours will look better...

    Took 30 sec to do this on the lower layer. The sky color needs to be tweaked a bit...

     

    This is the masked upper layer. With a higher res image the rigging can be better masked...

     

    And both layers together. This only took 10 min...

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  • Rod Mell

    Thanks very much Rick for all the effort you put into this Rick! You have me very well aimed and I'm looking forward to working on it and learning some new stuff. I'm hoping I can make this print worthy. We are redoing our rec room in a nautical theme and it will be cool to have this photo of me sailing 45 years ago on the wall along with some much older and some more recent.

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    If this is a low res photo and you need to enlarge it for your print, you can try On1 Resize, but I bet it will be too pixelated to use. You might need something like Topaz Gigapixel. It smoothes out the low res pixilation.

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  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    From here, that looks more like a pebbled or satin type finish on the original scanned print than it does jpeg artifacting. I'd try smoothing at least the sky with a masked Dynamic Contrast filter using negative values.

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  • Rod Mell

    Hi Rick & Brian - I sent you a very low res copy so it would be accepted in this Forum. The scanned original is much bigger because I scanned at a high DPI. I own Topaz Giga, DeNoise & Sharpen. I may do some experimenting with these but not sure if they would help the pebbling  problem. I will probably replace the sky. The hull of the boat bothers me and I may try your idea of a masked Dynamic Contrast Filter using negative values - another new concept to me.

    Thanks for all the effort and ideas you have both put into this!

    Cheers, Rod

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