Using PhotoShop Rubber Stamp
Here is a simple example of using the rubber stamp tool to remove a rope from
the foreground of an image taken at the Toronto Auto Show.
This first picture is what we are starting with. A nice looking car, but the
rope across the front is rather distracting.
To do our work we are going to use the rubber stamp tool, select it from your tool palette.
For this example we will just show removal of the rope in front of the car's grill.
Use a soft sided brush with enough size to cover the width of a single line of the grill.
The Key to this work is to align the part of the grill you are copying from with
the part of the grill you are copying to. Since the grill has a simple grid
pattern this is not a difficult task. Choose a point of intersection of the
horizontal and vertical elements in the grill close to the rope, but slightly above it.
Alt-Click on this point to designate your rubber stamp "from" position. Now choose
a second point of intersection of the elements, but this time right beside the rope.
Click on the second point and drag your mouse over the rope.
We continue to drag the mouse over the rope until it is all gone, covered up by
Using the same technique the entire rope is eventually removed from the image. In
the rug sections we alt-click on one of the strong lines, and then click and drag
where the rope intersects one of these lines. For the sides of the car we alt-click
just above the rope, and then click and drag on the rope. For the headlight, we can
alt-click on the edge of closest fog lamp, and then click on the edge of the
headlight where the rope intersects.
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