The bridal portrait I shared in the post before this one brought some questions from readers about how I successfully removed the driveway from the original image. I used an old trick of mine, the duplicate-and-flip-horizontal technique.
The image I used for this tutorial is supposed to be symmetrical but it misses by just a bit. That little “offness” bothers me a good deal and since it’s easy to fix, I fix it.
Here is the simple but effective way to clone without using the clone tool.
- First duplicate the background layer by pressing control/command and ‘j’ at the same time.
- Flip the layer horizontally by going to Image, Rotate, Flip Horizontal in PSE, or Edit, Transform, Flip Horizontal in Photoshop.
- Add a mask to the layer by clicking on the mask icon (use the Add a Mask action for PSE 6-9 users).
- Invert the mask by clicking on the mask once, then pressing control/command and ‘i’ at the same time.
- Use a white brush to reveal the side you wish to be “cloned” to look like the other side.
It is just that simple.
If you would like to see another instance where I used these steps, check out the tutorial I wrote at Rock the Shot.
Below is a quick video showing you how to do this little trick. Enjoy!