Tuesday Tips & Pics - Cleaning Up Your Background

 Monday, March 12, 2012

Hey everyone! I know I promised everyone some before and afters from my session with Jake and Brooke, so here are a few.  They are some of my favorite shots from the session but they took soo long to edit!

Tips - I always do my cloning on a duplicate layer.  That way I can always easily go back to the original image and start over if I need to, and more importantly I can add a layer mask.

For these pictures I really wanted to remove some of the distracting background elements. I cloned these things out before I did any of my other editing to these pictures.  I duplicated my layer and cloned the backgrounds and I didn't worry too much about going over my subjects at this point. When I was done, I lowered the opacity of that layer so I can see where I covered up things I didn't want to cover up.  Then I added a layer mask and painted in black on the layer mask over the kids or anywhere I messed up.  If I messed up on my layer mask, I could switch back to white to erase my erasure! This was the easiest way for me with this pictures since they all required cloning so close to my subjects.  I zoomed in on certain areas where need to erase the cloning carefully around the edges.

After my cloning, I ran some Florabella actions--I think I used ShiShi and Envy for these, on low opacity's. Also, on the two pictures with brick I added a layer of texture on overlay, on a low opacity, and removed the texture from my subject.  I felt this helped my cloning on the brick blend better.  Here are my before and afters:





I really feel like the cloning in these pictures helped draw the attention to the subjects even more. Though don't look at it too closely or you'll see the lines in the brick don't all match up!

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Charmaine Poulin March 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM  

WOW!!! Some amazing cloning jobs there!!! Beautiful images!!!

Amarie March 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM  

I love that last photo, but they're all awesome! I always mess up when it comes to the layer mask and the black and white, so I've got a loooot of dumb questions lol! Would LOVE it if you do a tutorial on the painting and erasing one day. ;)

Sarah Halstead March 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM  

These are great. You did such an awesome job.

Mira Crisp March 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM  

Beautiful and clean edit, Jaymi! I really like it, especially the first photo.

photo by ansku March 13, 2012 at 12:12 AM  

Beautiful shots, and thanks for the tutorial! A good idea to first clone out way too much and then use a layer mask - I will try it!
Btw, my life wouldn't be the same without the clone tool, it's awesome... :-)

Mock-Turtle March 13, 2012 at 2:01 AM  

Some really great cloning there. I don't know how you managed to clone those boards in so well.

I wanted to ask you about the Florabella photoshop actions. I have been thinking about purchasing some actions recently, but as you know, they are expensive, so I want to make sure I buy the right ones. Are Florebella actions very 'popular' actions? Can you recommend some that are versatile and effective in a range of situations?
Many thanks.

Carrie March 13, 2012 at 2:46 AM  

Wow, these look great! Thanks for the tips. I need to work on my cloning. I really struggle with removing the slightest thing.

Molly March 13, 2012 at 3:09 AM  

Nice editing work although I think I prefer the original of the picture of the boy jumping...something about the building in the background gives it an interesting contrast.


Candace Castor March 13, 2012 at 3:31 AM  

WOW! That is awesome! I am not too good with cloning all though I have tried and tried. But these give me some home still! :) Thanks for sharing!

Ruth March 13, 2012 at 3:51 AM  

Those are amazing edits Jaymi! You are very talented :)

idratherbeatpemberly March 13, 2012 at 4:08 AM  

Wow! Your edits are amazing. Thanks for the tips. I think I might try to do this to some of my shots.

Lori March 13, 2012 at 5:59 AM  

I need to follow these tips, thanks!

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography March 13, 2012 at 7:04 AM  

WOW- that is some seriously great cloning work!! Well done!

Lil Mama Stuart March 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM  

I can't believe you cloned all that out, in all of them! I don't have the patience to do more than a few spots. It really does make a difference, so it was worth your time!

Leslie March 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM  

How did you add your slideshow at the top of your blog?

Kristy LifenReflection March 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM  

OMGosh you are an Ace with the cloning tool!

Sue March 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM  

Great job. Clearly, I need to learn more about photography!


Faith March 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM  

Those are BEAUTIFUL!! I love cloning, but it is also so exasperating trying to get it just right.

Gillian March 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM  

WOw, what an amazing job, these are gorgeous! I always get so mad when my backgrounds suck, but i'll definitely try to get rid of them now!

Leovi March 13, 2012 at 3:01 PM  

Yes, the happiness of a child is the greatest thing you can see, wonderful pictures, before and after. Greetings.

Sara March 13, 2012 at 5:46 PM  

You are a cloning genius. Seriously.

Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud March 13, 2012 at 7:55 PM  

Whoops! Forgot to mention that I LOVE these photos. You did a beautiful job! :)

Michelle March 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM  

Gosh these are all awesome!! Great work! I really love the last picture :)

Dumb Mom March 14, 2012 at 3:34 AM  

Such great shots and the editing really does make a huge difference. Love the first one; so reminds me of my Dudes!

Ross March 14, 2012 at 3:37 AM  

Great job on the editing of these! I know what you went through to do the cloning on the bricks as I recently had to do some myself and know how difficult it can be.

Danelle March 14, 2012 at 7:47 AM  

Fabulous tutorial! Can't wait to try some of these techniques.

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique March 14, 2012 at 4:20 PM  

Beautiful photos and love the touch up and love having a bit of a tutorial ~ thanks so much and Happy WW!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique March 14, 2012 at 4:22 PM  

Oops ~ P.S. I'm also your newest follower! :-)

Emily March 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM  

Wonderful tips as always Jaymi! That last photo is my favorite. The richness of the colors is beautiful and the removal of the distractions is powerful. Thank you for sharing and for linking up with Tones on Tuesday!

leigh March 15, 2012 at 12:22 PM  

Wow, great edits. You really are an amazing photographer!

Kim March 16, 2012 at 6:48 PM  

What a fantastic tutorial! You are so talented.

Anonymous,  March 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM  

Thanks for sharing your editing tips! I'm a photographer, but still relatively naive when it comes to editing. I open up Photoshop and get so overwhelmed, but I'm slowly but surely getting there! The Florabella textures are beautiful and add so much depth to the photographs. You have such great talent!

Anonymous,  March 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM  

Thanks for sharing your editing tips! I'm a photographer, but still relatively naive when it comes to editing. I open up Photoshop and get so overwhelmed, but I'm slowly but surely getting there! The Florabella textures are beautiful and add so much depth to the photographs. You have such great talent!

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