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Can anyone help me with Photoshop?

I have a photograph from which I would like to develop a large print. However, I only got the photo because it was raining, and when you enlarge the shot the rain becomes very apparent. I have cropped in closer here so that the effect is clear.

I have PS Elements 9 and have spent hours trying to paint the dark area black and thus get rid of the rain. However, I cannot get a universal black .... the result is always a mixture of darker and lighter patches ... and also tends to "spill" over the flanks of the giraffe.

Any help would be much appreciated.

David

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D40X Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 May 2012 - 2:34 PM
Focal Length:80mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Help Wanted
Username:Hulme Hulme
Uploaded:26 May 2012 - 1:15 AM
Tags:Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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chappo1
chappo1  6 Australia5 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2012 - 1:47 AM

I use CS5 and know nothing of elements so you may have to adapt this for how elements operates
Use you eyedropper tool to select a black between the drops to be foreground colour
Add a new adjustment layer-selecting solid colour. This will add the foreground colour- is the black
using a layer mask -mask out the giraffes and stone and you will be left with the black solid layer where the rain is.
Because you have such a good contrast between the giraffe and the black , you will not need to be too careful in your layer mask.

not a huge or difficult task and good luck with it

john

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NDODS e2 Member 32822 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2012 - 7:33 AM

A nice narrative, and a lovely composition.

Regards Nathan

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Hulme
Hulme  2 Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2012 - 2:46 PM

John

Thanks for the advice. It is much appreciated.

I thought the answer might lie with layers but was hoping for another answer. I have found layers confusing and have not mastered them, but I've always known that I'd have to get on top of them one day ... and that day has now arrived!!

I will get stuck into the task in the next day or so, and hopefully will emerge a better man ... and with the giraffe photo sorted.

Once again, thanks ... and Ill let you know how I get on.

Cheers

David

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