Which tools to use?

#1
Hello

This is my first post so I hope it's in the correct forum as I'm looking for advice as to how I make changes to this image vs. having someone just do the work for me.

I would like to understand what the best technique is to changing the background being the letter 'ART CH' to match the illuminated background of the rest of the letters in the 'ART CHANGES WE CHANGE' sign.

Many thanks in advance.

Russell
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Steve235

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#2
Hello,

Mabe there is a much faster way, but I did it like this ( hope it's understandable) :

First I made a selection of the letters ART CH with the magic wand and made that a new layer. Then I made a selection of the full windows with the letters ANGES and made that also a new layer.
After that I dagged that layer over the part you want to be limunated also and made it fit with modify-> transform -->distort.
When it fited I painted out the letters wih a white brush, then went back to the backgroundlayer and selected the part where "shadow" goes to white, the top part between the E and the C from WE CHANGE.
Made that a new layer and pasted it into the "new" windows. I also used the modify ---> transform --> disort tool to make the shadow look more natural and fit the "flow" of the rest of the shadow.
Then I made the layer with the letters ART CH the top layer.
Then finished with a white soft brush ( 0% hardness) and optipacity set to 70% to fade the bottom of the letters a bit out.

Hope you understand what I wrote :)
Anyway, this is the outcome I got.
 

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#3
I did this as a quick and dirty example with just a 'Levels' adjustment layer...

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My 'Layer 1' is just a copy of the affected area but you could do this without it by changing the whole image and then masking out what you want to keep as original.

Very simple, very quick, but of course the method used very much depends on the quality of the result required.
There is never an ultimate solution.

Regards.
MrToM.
 
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Steve235

Well-Known Member
#4
I did this as a quick and dirty example with just a 'Levels' adjustment layer...

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My 'Layer 1' is just a copy of the affected area but you could do this without it by changing the whole image and then masking out what you want to keep as original.

Very simple, very quick, but of course the method used very much depends on the quality of the result required.
There is never an ultimate solution.

Regards.
MrToM.
:D That's alot easier then my solution!
 
#5
...That's alot easier then my solution!...
Maybe, but not necessarily the result required.

For such a 'general' question there isn't any definitive solution...it really does depend what the image is to be used for, which we don't know.

Regards.
MrToM.
 
#6
Thanks MtTom. I like simple and quick:). I'll give it a go. I'm hoping to print A4 (for personal use) or maybe larger but I need to work on some other aspects including noise so I'll see if this solution could work well enough for print. Your input is much appreciated though.
 
#7
Hi Steve, thanks for the detailed response and providing a step-by-step as I need detailed guidance. I'll give it a go this afternoon but what you posted looks great. Thanks very much. On a side note I'm planning on boosting the contrast and bit and perhaps working on the noise. From an outsider perspective is there anything else obvious you would change about the image?. I'm really not familiar with all the tools / filters etc that are available so trying to think about what's possible.