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What I Am Working On: Erase Vs. Clone and Stamp

Sometimes, there are certain photographs that I work on more than once. This is one of them:

ISO 640 16mm f/16 1/400sec

I wrote a few months ago about editing it, that time it was a color version, this time a black and white:

ISO 640 16mm f/16 1/400sec

I started with a crop, then devoted some attention to remove the fence in front of the sculpture.  I made use of the erase feature of Luminar, but I also used the clone and stamp tool. In some places, clone and stamp gave a better result because it was up to me what to replace the fence with. The eraser makes an educated guess, and it is pretty smart, but sometimes it gets it wrong. In this case, the areas where the fence was in front of both the sculpture and the water, were a bit too much for the eraser. It’s within the black and white edits though, that I really took some liberties. I used the “Orton effect” filter to make the scene more dreamlike.

I am happy with both my color version from a few months ago and this black and white version as well. This sculpture is called, ‘Les Braves’ and there is a bit about it here. Your thoughts on my edits are welcome below.


For some strictly visual reasons, I have added this to One Word Sunday, Voyage. Click the link to see why.

Picfair version here.


13 thoughts on “What I Am Working On: Erase Vs. Clone and Stamp

  1. I have noticed the same variability U noticed with Luminar when removing unwanted objects with my main editor (Movavi Photo Editor 5).  While MPE5 has a general eraser tool and a specialized blemish remover that both work well in many situations, sometimes I do need to clone and stamp.


      • I was in a hurry to learn enough about digital photo manipulation to create a montage with semitransparent images of coins floating over an image of a spiral galaxy.  So I needed an editor that would let me make the background of a photo of a coin transparent, then copy and paste the image of the coin itself as a semitransparent overlay.

        A hasty web search yielded 2 or 3 prospects, including Movavi Photo Editor 4.  A free trial version could be downloaded, and it looked like the documentation would be adequate for my crash course.  The documentation was very good, with popup hints always available and admirably clear web pages available when online.  So I bought the full version of MPE4 while the window for a discount was still open.  It did the job for my montage and seemed generally good, tho I did not have much to compare it with.

        When MPE5 was announced, the list price was still reasonable and there was a discount for MPE4 owners.  I bought MPE5, was pleased by the improvements over MPE4, and was pleasantly surprized when several major additional improvements were offered at no charge. (My current version is 5.7.0)  Tech support has been good, and one of the improvements in 5.5.0 ==> 5.5.1 was a fix to a bug I reported.

        I have not used Luminar (or Lightbox or Photoshop), so I should be cautious about how strongly I recommend MPE5.  While there are things like copy/paste, the eraser tool, and the background-changing tool, there does not seem to be a GENERAL way to outline or paint over part of an image and then tell MPE5 to do something only on that part of the image.  Otherwise, I am happy with MPE5 will probably buy the eventual upgrade to MPE6.


      • I think a few things you bring up here are super important. The first is that it makes sense to you how to use it and that the pop-up instructions are actually helpful. I think that’s a good sign of a good fit. The second is what you say about tech support. I’m a fan of tech support that is actually helpful!
        Thanks for answering my question, I’m always interested in hearing about why people use what they do.

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