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Sebring, US
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WSR Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Sep 2009
Sat 03-Apr-10 08:44 PM | edited Sat 03-Apr-10 08:47 PM by WSR

I was using the Mac Aperture editing program, but took it off my computer and now use NX2.

One of the only things I liked about Aperture was its ability to clone one part of a picture into another part.

I am looking at a beautiful bird photo with another out of focus "blob" bird right next to it. I find the eraser brush tool will remove most of the "blob" but leaves a smudged look vs the blue sky I want. The smudge is not touching the good part of the photo, but needs to be removed before cropping.

Is there away to remove the "smudged bird" and replace it with the sky color as if it was never there??

Is there an "add on" app to do this?

Thanks for the help to a new NX2 user (I even studied 2 or 3 books before asking this),

Will R

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San Jose, US
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#1. "RE: Cloning with NX2" | In response to Reply # 0

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Sun 04-Apr-10 07:24 AM

Just use the Auto Retouch brush. You could have used it at the start. It is context aware and samples the pixels around it and replaces spots and other things and just makes them disappear.

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#2. "RE: Cloning with NX2" | In response to Reply # 0

sevtcard Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Mar 2009
Sun 04-Apr-10 12:00 PM | edited Sun 04-Apr-10 12:03 PM by sevtcard

depending upon the size of the item you are retouching, you may not have much more success than you already have had. also what happens to the 'smudge' will depend upon what you did both before and subsequent to retouch step. i've found that if i do the retouch at the very beginning of the 'adjust' process, subsequent steps will leave less residue - this is because, as Bob said, nx2 uses contextual information to retouch the image. to the extent you modify the original substrate, the program will be more or less able to accurately retouch the area. as far as i know, there is no good clone feature/app - it's on everyone's wish list for the next iteration of nx.

R Mark Burke