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Finalising an Edited Image

Editing a Sunrise or Sunset Scene Part Six

For the final part of editing a sunrise or sunset, I will show how to make some personal changes to an image before saving it as a finished image.  I will use an image from part four & part five.

The image is taken from part five of editing a sunrise or sunset.

I will make three changes to this image.  These are to darken the sky, replace a small part of a blown out sky & cropping it.

Darkening Sky using Camera Raw

I will be darkening the top of the sky using graduated filter in Camera Raw.  This has already been shown in part one.

Open up Camera Raw Filter by clicking filter in the top menu, then selecting Camera Raw Filter.

Once in Camera Raw, select Graduated Filter in the top menu.

Click Graduated filter then create your filter by holding down the left mouse button. I decided to lower the temperature a little more, then lowered highlights & whites. When happy I clicked ok.

Replacing part of Image using Content Aware Tool

There is a part of the image I want to replace as it looks a little blown out.  To do this use the quick selection tool, then use content aware fill. Pictures below show how to do it.

To use the quick selection tool, select the button on the left of the interface highlighted in red. Choose add to selection on the top bar then select a size of 19. This can be changed to personal preference depending on what we are replacing.
Next click on the zoom tool button highlighted. I will be zooming in on the area highlighted.
Keep clicking your left mouse button until you are happy with your work area. I zoomed into 200%.
Click back to the quick selection tool, then hold down your left mouse button to create a selection area. Do this in small bursts so not to over select other regions accidentally. Zig zag lines will show this. Note I selected some area outside of the blown image to prevent any ghost lines. If you need to get rid of an area then just hold down alt key & click the area to remove.
With the selected area complete, click on edit then select fill.
A pop-up window will appear. Use the same settings in the image above, then click ok.
The blown area has now been filled; I also zoomed back out to see the difference. The next area is get rid of the area on the sand that has a reflection to where the blown area was. I simply repeat the above steps.
By repeating the steps above, I have now content aware filled the reflection on the sand. It’s not perfect because we know it has been changed but unless someone were beady-eyed, they would not see this image has been altered.

Cropping Image

To complete this, I will be cropping as I want to get rid of some sky & sand to give it a better frame.  Images show how below.

Select crop tool on the left bar. Then use the drop-down list select your preferred type of crop. These range in various sizes from landscape to boxed. I chose 16:9 ratio.
The final crop I will use. You can reduce the frame by selecting an edge then holding down the mouse button, i shrunk the box size. I am happy with how it looks, so I now press enter.

Now I have completed my three changes, I save the image in a format I choose, normally .tiff & .jpeg.  .jpeg I use for posting on social media or Flickr, then .tiff for a master copy.

Final Image

I now have a completed image seen below.

My completed image.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for looking through this series.  As mentioned already, I decided to produce it primarily as a taster of what can be done in Photoshop by using tools that can be used efficiently for anyone starting out in photography & editing.  There are so many ways to edit your image, other posts I will create over time will demonstrate more advanced techniques ways of editing your image.  All images used in this series are purely used just for example & are in no way masterpieces, I merely used them to show what can be done.

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