Sometimes you have an amazing recipe but you can’t take a photo because doesn’t look great. There is a way to fix some accidents or make your food look better in Photoshop.
This dessert is a chocolate panna cotta with carob powder. I wanted to have it on a plate decorated with raspberries. When I tried to take it out from the glass and put it on the plate, it cracked. I knew I was going to retouch it in Photoshop. So I took photos of the dessert and then I fixed them in the computer.
I used cloning in Photoshop to get rid of the cracks and reflections of the windows on the plate.
Clone stamp is a great tool and easy to use. The Clone Stamp Tool paints with a sampled pixels of an image. You need practice to get it done nice.
Create a new layer before making changes with Clone Stamp tool. Working in a new layer means that you are not changing the underlying pixels of your image and in addition, you can delete it if you don’t like it.
To create a new layer just press Shift+Ctrl+N (Shift+Cmd+N on Mac). To make a duplicate of the background layer press Ctrl+J (Cmd+J on Mac).
You can work with both types of layers. I worked with a duplicate one and is named “Cloning”. You can see it circled with black on the right side of the next photo.
When you use Clone Stamp always zoom in. It will help you work on a much greater level of detail. If your changes look good when you zoom in, then when you zoom out, you will not distinguish them.
Choose from the Toolbox the Clone Stamp Tool. In the Options bar, set the tool’s tip size and hardness.
As you can see, I was in the middle of cloning. During the process you will change the size of the brush depending on the area you are working.
Hardness determines the level to which the cloning will blend in with the surrounding pixels. In general, keep the hardness level at 0% and the edge will blend in the surroundings.
The Clone Stamp tool is all about repetition – you just need to do it in such a way that the viewer doesn’t notice it.
To use the tool, you set a sampling area you want to copy the pixels from and paint over another area. Changing the size of the brush gives you precise control over the size of the clone area.
This is the final photo. As you can see, all the reflections and cracks are gone.
Keep in mind that 90% of my photos are done from the camera. Just apply a little bit of contrast and lighting if needed. I use cloning only in special cases. With this panna cotta I have other photos in the glass, so for my recipe I will not use this one. I managed to get out of the glasses only one, so I got lucky. But, if you made a big one and it cracked this retouching is the best solution.
You can also use cloning stamp to remove stains, reflections, small defects,etc. Keep taking photos and cooking.