Week Three of the One Four Challenge made me work some, and learn. After some comments in Week Two, I decided to try a few things.
The first step (after making another layered copy of the photo) was to remove the deal leaf that was to the left of the green stem. (See the original photo below.)
To remove it, I had to use the clone tool, a lot. With such a plain and blurred background, it was easy though since it was essentially just blending the grey and brown colors. The cloning result is here.Then I decided to tone down the black spot on the bottom right side of the photo. Again, it was just more cloning, but with a mix of the Dodge and Blur tools as well.
My next goal was to play with the colors of the tomatoes again. This time, I decided to use the Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop CS. I can’t say that I have ever used this tool. It is similar to the lasso and the magic lasso but was more of one click and the tomato was highlighted.
Once I selected each tomato, I used both the Hue/Saturation tool and the Selective Color option (under adjustments). So for three of the tomatoes, I played with the colors. As you see in the below two pictures, I made one more orange and another more green.
When I got to the third tomato, the one I made red, I had to do more work. As you can see on the left side of the tomato, the Quick Selection tool did got a little confused on where the edge of that tomato was.
At a closer view, you can see the unnatural edge it created.
No worries though. With some clone stamping, I was able to work it back into a somewhat more normal looking shape.
After all that, I just did some overall brightness and contrast adjustments with a few clone stamp touch ups. Below, is the final result.
What do you think? Recommend? Suggest? Like? Don’t like? Feel free to comment, I find it a great way to learn.
To see other One Four Challenge posts, just search for it in the reader. However, make sure you check out Nic’s post this week as she is hosting the November challenge for Robyn, the creator of the One Four Challenge craze.