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Retouching Kim Jong's funeral photo North Korea style

You probably heard or seen the news about retouching the picture of North Korea's leader Kim Jong funeral?

 
  Author: mat | Version: CS5 | 31st December 2011 |  
 
 
1.
 

Click here to open and download the picture of Kim Jong's funeral.

Click here to see what the heck am I talking about.


 
 
2.
 

Choose the Spot Healing Brush Tool (press J for keyboard shortcut).

 
 
3.
 

Be sure you have the Content-Aware option chosen (see picture).

This option is available in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and newer, if you are working with an earlier version, please use the Patch Tool, like I did, beginning with step 7 of this tutorial.

 
 
4.
 

Richt click the document and choose set Size to 23 px and Hardness to 30 % (see picture).

 
 
5.
 

Paint the two camera men using the selected tool like I did ...

 
 
6.
 

... and they will get erased and replaced with background automatically as you release the mouse button.

This is Content-Awareness in action.

 
 
7.
 

Choose the Patch Tool (see picture).


 
 
8.
 

Make sure the Source option is selected (see picture).

 
 
9.
 

Now selected the two people standing together as I did ...

 
 
10.
 

... now click and drag the selection over the area covered the snow to clone it over two men.

 
 
11.
 

Do the same with the guy standing next to the little wall ...

 
 
12.
 

This is how it should look like by now.

 
 
13.
 

Just repeat the steps using the Patch Tool if you notice the areas that need some correcting.

Selec the area you want to cover ...

 
 
14.
 

... and drag the selection over the area you want to clone from.

It should be obvious by now how the Patch Tool works right? If you need some extra help, just use our Forum.

 
 
15.
 

Let's make the photo a bit brighter, like the North Koeran retouchers did.

In the menu click Image, Adjustments and choose Shadows/Highlights...

Just leave the default values and click OK.


 
 
16.
 

In the menu click ImageAdjustments and choose Levels...

In the new Levels settings window choose the same settings as I did and click OK.

The white slider represents bright tones, grey slider middle tones and black one dark tones.

 
 
17.
 

Let's make the photo a bit sharper.

In the menu click
FilterSharpen and choose Sharpen...



 
 
18.
 

We applied a bit too much of the Sharpness,  we need to reduce it a bit.

In the menu click Edit and choose Fade Sharpen...

In the new Fade settings window set the Opacity to about 30% and click OK.

 
 
19.
 

We are done.

Click here to open the retouched version of the picture I did.


 
 
20.
 

And the original version for comparison.

 
 
 
   
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NikMan, 31st Dec 2011, 10:51 PM
Look at hysteria at funeral.

 
 
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mat, 4th Jan 2012, 9:11 PM
Crazy!
 
   
 
 
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