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By salopian
Old black and white building in Shrewsbury which shows how a Georgian facade was added to "modernise" and keep up with changing architectural fashion The detail in the old woodwork is fascinating and I took a few closeups later on - some of the carpenter's marks are still there.
I waited for the sun to sidelight and bring out the textures on the bricks and wood work which seems OK, but the roadsign rather intrudes and I hoping for advice on the best way to remove it and maybe the two girls, or are they better left in to add human interest?

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2015 1:36PM
Typical of so many of our towns, large and small - new facades added to old buildings, a sort of organic development.

I rather wish that you had stood back, allowed a bit more space. But that's not the question...

Quote:...seems OK, but the roadsign rather intrudes and I hoping for advice on the best way to remove it and maybe the two girls, or are they better left in to add human interest?

Leave the girls. They add a sense of scale but more than that they bring the street to life. The sign is a visual pain in the proverbial though, isn't it. The only hope is very careful and precise cloning, following the lines available in the visible window panes and the brickwork.

Hey ho, I'm stuck indoors waiting for a phone call, I'll give it a go. But I would suggest that using the full frame it could provide good practice. Take it methodically, small bit by small bit, and always look for the most suitable area to clone from. Where perspective is involved, as here, source from the nearest suitable pixels.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2015 1:49PM
Mod uploaded, it took about 5 minutes. It's fairly rough because of working on a reduced file - working on the full file would give greater scope for accuracy. Here's what I did:

Cloned from the lower panes to the upper panes of the window, then sideways to deal with the left side; then cloned from the brickwork on the left of the sign, trying to follow the perspective of the brick courses.

It's not perfect but I don't think anyone would spot what's been done. (Nobody spotted where a big patch of flare had been cloned out of my Saturday upload... Wink ) The job looks daunting but so long as you always follow the lines it's not too difficult.

Now go and try!
salopian 9 3 28 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2015 6:30PM
That looks great Moira - thanks for the guide to the technique - I will certainly have a go !
Actually I was standing further back, but cropped the original image where there is certainly more space ( I have uploaded it as a mod) Be interesting to see what you think.

xwang 12 56 8
28 Apr 2015 6:42PM
Hi Geoff,
Again I picked this one out from thumbnails.. It's the subject that I like most, and I love half-timbered houses.. I can't help to give a closer look...
I do wait for people 'disappearing' most of the time, but sometimes I can't... I just took one last week with an old lady on it...
I've given a try of your photo. I don't do clone much, I'm not very good at it, even sometimes it's necessary,...
I got rid of the red sing with content aware fill, maybe it was unnecessary...I was blindly trying to see what I could do according to what you wanted...
Duplicated the image, took the advantage of your right side window, selected it with rectangular marquee tool and cut it as a layer, and moved the cut out layer to the duplicated image's right side, and free transformed it as the same size as the duplicated image's window, but small details had to be done with clone brush... The kids could be easily 'removed' with clone tool. I don't know if I explained well or not...
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2015 6:44PM
I do very much prefer your 'bigger picture'. More relaxed, spacious, more atmosphere; plus that lovely graceful lead-in from the foreground wall. I think all three signs could be disposed of with a little care.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1861 England
28 Apr 2015 10:53PM
Like Moira, I prefer yoru 'bigger picture' - and it both reduces the impact of the roadsign, and get rid of the girls. (The trick there is to wait until they've moved... Grin)

The big thing is that the light is pretty close to perfect: I think i would have concentrated on the textures and details, and not worried about the original version...

And there's a simple cropping solution, too. Mod coming...
salopian 9 3 28 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2015 9:50AM
Jasmine, your clever technique has worked really well and produced a very good result - thanks for taking the time to work on it.
Moira and John, I can see what you mean by the bigger picture - it shows the black and white end against the whole of the Georgian frontage rather better ( I used to work in that building years ago )
John, I took several shots of the detail in the woodwork which includes some carpenter's marks at the joints. I will see if I can find one good enough to post.

28 Nov 2015 3:38AM
here's another cracker...I love it Grin

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