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Dark shade remove

I have some great pictures of a friend of mine with her stomache exposed( taken at beach) . THere is a darkness/shadow on her stomache that is different from the rest of her. How do i go about removing the dark pixels withought making it look like I painted it ???  I have tried several different ways including trying to use color replacemnt .
Any ideas ??


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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
use the cloning tool.

Select an area on her belly, mark it to clone.. spray in the dark shadow area.  you will have a relatively similar pattern (assuming that shadow is not widespread)
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tmanduAuthor Commented:
is there a way to lock down the origin point of the cloning tool so that i can just clone continuosly form one selected spot to an area(s)

what is happening is that I start to clone parts i dont want...


i know that awhile ago i used this in CORELDRAW
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
if you just want to do that.. select the area and COPY, OR use the eyedropper to sample the color and paint
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lherrouCommented:
You might also consider doing a selection area (be sure to feather your edges over a pretty decent span), and then go Layers -> New Adjustment Layer -> Brightness and Contrast, and tinker with the brightness and contrast - this will preserve all original detail while allowing you to adjust your selected area. Feathering the selection area allow it to gradually merge with the surrounding, already light-enough sections.
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jfredricksonCommented:
There is no need to copy pixels from somewhere else in the image. You can do it just like you would in the dark room by using the dodge tool. Just paint over the darker area and it will lighten it up. Play around with the range and exposure settings to get the right amount dodging that you want.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
obviously there are many ways of doing this....so tmandu..where are you in the process?
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jfredricksonCommented:
Sure there are many ways to do it, but why would you want to clone pixels from somewhere else in the image when you can simply lighten up the original (and correct) pixels?
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
that all depends on the image and the skill of the asker.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
For me.. I've been comfortable doing what I have first commented on for years. It gives me the results I want.
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tmanduAuthor Commented:
The cloning tool does ok, is there a way to consistenly 'clone 'the same spot. Like hitting one of the control keys etc???? I have not tried the doge and burn. I want to get a consistent skin color and texture, making it look  'unpainted'.

Is there any way to just remove the dark color(s) and replace it with surrounding pixels.

I thought photoshop cs would be a lot better than what it is. ITs basically the same as Microsoft Picture ProDigital 9.

thanks
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
"The cloning tool does ok, is there a way to consistenly 'clone 'the same spot."
If you're just using the same spot, then sample the color with the eyedropper and use the brush/pencil

"Is there any way to just remove the dark color(s) and replace it with surrounding pixels."
User the smudge tool, you can push the colored edges that you want into the dark regions (the icon looks like a hand with finger). make sure you adjust the brush size on this

"I thought photoshop cs would be a lot better than what it is. ITs basically the same as Microsoft Picture ProDigital 9."
you're kidding???

Photoshop blows away MPP9.  May I suggest you go through the manual and review the tools that are available.  Also, what will come in handy, is a book that gives you design structure and sample output works including tutorials on how to make composite images.  There are many "how-to" books...check in to a local bookstore would be prudent.
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tmanduAuthor Commented:
Wouldn't be prudent.
not really - ive gone throughmanuals and have one specific for photflop and you think it  coudl do something as simple as airbursh from one spot...... but it CANT.

THE QUESTIONS STILL REMAINS unaswered ------The cloning tool does ok, is there a way to consistenly 'clone 'the same spot."


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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Here is a link to the cloning "rubber stamp" tool
http://www.arraich.com/elements/pse_ppreBeginner_B2.htm

The only sampling you can do is by using the ALT key and adjust the sampling are. So the answer to your question is NO.. as your cursor moves, so will the orginating spot.  
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jfredricksonCommented:
Did you try the dodge tool for just lightening up the original area?
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TheRookie32Commented:
Have you tried the shadows and highlights filter?  (what version do you have?)  I might also recommend that patch tool, a cousin of the clone tool...
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Wooky JackCommented:
i would definately work with what lherrou suggested.  make a selection of the dark shaded area with a lasso tool, whatever you're good at working with, save the selection and then create a new layer of the selection and then go to Image>adjustments>hue/saturation and click colorize about the preview check box.

as far as the cloning tool I believe you can only make a new selection everytime.  I am not sure it is possible to make one selection of an area and continuously use that selection over and over.

but i would definately try adjusting the lighting in the photo...dable around in Image>adjustments area and try out the different categories...something should turn up!
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@venabili....there are several ways to implement what is asked...it will come down to the asker and his/her proficiency at using the particular tools that were suggested.  Mechanical instructions are provided in the HELP of Adobe Photoshop on the usage of the tools, and frankly it all boils down to the skill level of the asker.

Split points between any Expert that offered a tool or a method.
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jfredricksonCommented:
Yup, a myriad of solutions were given, all of which should work in slightly different ways.
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