Issues with getting the same colour when cloning
In the photo marie original , I would like to remove the coloured strip in the middle.
if I try to clone from the wall above I never seem to exactly the same colour match it is always lighter .
so a) Is cloning the right approach if so how can I get the same colour.
b) is there a better way, if so how ?
The original is on the bottom
Sometimes it's tricky to get the color to match. Make sure your feathering is set to 100% so there is no sharp edge. There are 3 ways to clone over this, you might have to try all 3 to see which works best, but it will work better if you clone from both sides and work towards the middle ***. If the colors still don't match after cloning, you can use the retouch brush to smooth it out.
I don't have time to try it right now, but if you're still working on it tomorrow and can try it myself and see what works best.
*** By that I mean to sample from below the line to do the bottom of it and from above the line to do the top of it.0
By all means please try it, I'm in no hurry
So this is what I got without spending too much time on it. It could still use some tweaking around the elbow area.
The top band was easy, I used Perfect Eraser to remove most of the band in a few seconds but that left some artifacts behind so I then used the Retouch Brush to smooth it out.
The Retouch Brush works very well when you have a solid color background and want that area blended together. You don't want to get too close to another color because that will mess up the blending.
The lower band was a bit harder. I started with right side since it was larger. I tried a few different ways and settled on using the Clone Stamp to fill in the band from both sides and smooth it with the Retouch Brush. Once that area looked good, it was simple to use the Healing Brush to clone from the right to the left elbow area all in one shot. I cloned the area from the elbow all the way down to the bottom so that I didn't have to match the black, I just cloned over it to make it the same as the right side. (see detail below)
Finish up with the Retouch Brush to smooth out any rough spots.
This is the only area that I needed the Healing tool.
Here's a tip. Every time you finish an area and it looks good, create a snapshot. The odds are that you'll have to try the following step a few times to get it right and it's easy to back up and start that step over if you have that snapshot already set.0
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