I recently had a guest post on my food blog from Maternal Spark. Well, actually it’s a republished post of Butterfly Cupcakes with a little photo editing. I’m getting pickier about the photos that go on my food blog and not that hers were bad but they were a bit grainy and there was a distraction.
With this simple tutorial, you’ll be able to fix those grainy pictures and use the clone stamp. First, the grainy stuff is called noise. This is usually caused by using a high ISO which is whole nuther topic to get into and we won’t do that today;) The clone stamp does just what it says. It will clone what you have selected. I will be using the FREE paint.net program because I know that most of you probably can’t afford software like Adobe Photoshop. Hell, I can’t even afford it. It was given to me! But if you do find some awesome budget software somewhere, please do share!
With this cute little butterfly cupcake picture, I needed to reduce the noise so that it wasn’t so grainy and I wanted to get rid of that line because it distracts from the cupcake itself. I also cropped it closer to the cupcake so that you focus on the cupcake and not the napkin or plate so much.
Here’s the orginal photo:
First, let’s reduce the noise and get rid of the grain. After having your photo opened up in paint.net, you’re going to click on:
- * EFFECTS, NOISE, REDUCE NOISE
- You are going to hold down the CTRL key while you left click on the part you want to clone.
- Then you are going to let go of the CTRL key and just do a regular left click over the line or part you want to camouflage.