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Removing power lines from the sky in Photoshop

November 17, 2009 by  
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How often, when we photograph a beautiful landscape, we can see some nasty power lines, poles, lamps or traffic signs. Photoshop offers several options to clean and create an area free from distractions.

First, open the image and make all the necessary corrections of perspective, color, saturation and contrast.

Then, choose the clone stamp from the toolbox. You could also use the healing brush tools or the patch tool but the patch tool does not not allow you to work on a separate layer and the brushes are sometimes very difficult to handle in small areas and confined spaces.

Now you need to create a new layer to avoid working in your original image and to be able to restore your work when you want to go back . Click on the New Layer icon on the Layer’s Panel.

Now you must look for the most appropriate area to start cloning and press the Alt key to choose the place where you want to define a source point.

You must start in open spaces with no texture, like the sky with few clouds, and leave the areas with more details to the end.

Once you are finished with this, you can  turn to more complex forms like clouds, trees or architectural details. It is very important to work slowly using a very small brush, enlarging the image as much as possible and cloning very small portions of the picture with each stroke.

When cloning, you must “paint” using details  such as light, texture and color from the area close to where you are working. But you have to be very careful, because one of the biggest problems we can have when we are cloning, is duplicating a complete portion of nature. There are never  two equal clouds, or flowers or trees.

Now your image is free of power lines and you can considered it finished.


If you want to go one step further by adding a blue sky with clouds, you need to drag the sky image to your picture. Then you need to create a layer mask to erase or restore the image as needed.

Now you have your image ready!

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