Photoshop Adventures: Power Lines, Be Gone!

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Photoshop Adventures: Power Lines, Be Gone!

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This week, my company has been working on a client’s website, making some slight design adjustments and choosing new photos for some of their pages. They’d expressed a desire to use this image as the header for their site:

Photo of a brick building that looks something like a church. It has 2 stories and a steeple, with a small lush green yard. It's situated between 2 other buildings and surrounded by power lines.

The most glaring problem I saw was the pole and myriad telephone lines distracting from the main subject of the photo. So they were the things I took care of first, creating a new layer entitled “clone stamp” and using the clone stamp, healing brush, and paintbrush tools to clean everything up. This was rather painstaking, taking about 40 minutes to do since some of what I was removing was in heavily detailed areas, like the white house on the right and the tiles on the main building.

Photo of a brick building that looks something like a church. It has 2 stories and a steeple, with a small lush green yard. It's situated between 2 other buildings.

Then I wanted to adjust the color and contrast a bit. I created two Hue/Saturation adjustment layers: one for the whole photo, and one with just a mask to target the main building. I also created a building-specific Color Balance layer to help it stand out just a little bit more. Finally, I created a Curves adjustment layer to adjust the contrast of the entire image. Here is the final result:

Animated gif of a brick building that looks something like a church. It has 2 stories and a steeple, with a small lush green yard. It's situated between 2 other buildings. The animation fades back and forth between the original photo wherein the building is surrounded by power lines, and the Photoshopped image that's been brightened a bit and removed the power lines.

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