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Removing undesirable elements from an image

Removing undesirable elements from an image - Aidan O'Rourke shows how to exclude elements that spoil the appearance or composition of the picture.

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Adobe Photoshop

By Aidan O'Rourke

Removing undesirable elements from an image

The twin minarets pictured above against a pinkdusk sky make an attractive picture. The only introsive element is the modern style lamp post on the right. Let's remove it!

Removing undesirable elements from an image1. Using the cloning tool, we copy pixels from the area of sky to the right of the lamp post, and paste them over the lamp post. It's rather like the medical procedure where skin is grafted from one part of the body to another.
Removing undesirable elements from an image2. Let's zoom in onto the upper wall of the mosque, where it is intersected by the lamp post. We will need to clone one of the dark pointed shapes on the wall of the mosque and paste it over the lamp post. We specify the source point of the cloning tool by pressing the option/alt key and clicking the mouse. We do this on the exact point of the shape. We specify the pasting point by locating the cursor and simply clicking. We will do this at the exact point where we would expect the pointed shape to appear. We will continue down to the bottom of the picture, copying the darker tone of the wall and pasting it onto the lamp post.
Removing undesirable elements from an image4. Zooming out again we can now see the finished picture - with the unsightly lamp post removed. Some people may also like to remove the satellite dish and possibly the water tower, but I have decided to leave them as they are familiar features of the city at rooftop level, and aren't too instrusive.

Camera: Nikon Coolpix 990 with 2x teleconverter attached and set at full optical zoom.
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About this picture: Mosques are an integral feature of the landscape of the UAE, and are built in an amazing variety of styles. We can see that the two minarets are at an angle to the surrounding buildings. This is because all mosques, wherever they are in the world, are built to face Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This mosque is visible from Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, next to the Sands Hotel.

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