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How I did it {removing unwanted tag}

Hi I’M STILL ALIVE! I’ve gotten so many sweet messages from everyone wondering where I am. I so wish there were five of me. I had a studio weekend which I’ve been up late into to nights trying to get ready for my clients to see as well as sorting out all this nightmare with our holiday which might not be happening due to the volcano whatsit. First holiday as a family in 5 years. Trying really hard not to cry!

Also finishing up the DVD filming this week.

Oh and then there was the message I got from a friend this weekend to tell me about the canvas shop in her local shopping mall which was displaying one of my photos they stole from Flickr! And to make things worse, it was of my son and the man told them it was his friend’s son and that they took the picture! So I’ve been busy trying to sort that out pronto.

I even forgot the weekend challenge!

Anyhow, here’s a before and after from one of my late night studio editing sessions:

Here’s the video to show you how I removed this tag (complete with nagging kids in the background!)

Removing a shoe tag in PSE, PS4 from ehphotograph on Vimeo.

I did this shot the same way:

  • http://scrivnerburg365.blogspot.com Elli

    Great tutorial! Thank you! I hadn’t spent any time exploring the healing brush, and this was really helpful! I love the kid sounds in the background – sounds just like my house. :-)

    I’m glad to hear that you’re just busy. I hope you can work out a fun holiday even if you can’t do so by plane. Keep us posted!

  • http://grace-photography-galexander.blogspot.com/ Gina Alexander

    I hope you get to go on your well deserved holiday and have a fabulous time :D

  • Carla

    Loved the tutorial – so helpful/easy to understand! Hoping your holiday pans out as planned!

  • http://www.kyleeheuerphotography.com Kylee

    Love your tutorials! Great job. I also love the kids in the background~ so nice to here other mommy/photographers!!

  • http://openshutters-strathmore.blogspot.com Desiree

    Someone stole your photo off of flickr?!??? I am so sick and tired of hearing stories like this, it makes me furious, and then to sell it?!??? What can you do? Will a lawyer help? Ike…I hope you get repaid for damages!!!

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth, I love your posts and I find them inspiring and honest. I am a hobby/semi-pro photographer, doing family sessions for friends, and friends of friends, several times a month. My main profession, though, is custom clothing design, and I have to point out the irony that in a post where you discuss someone using your work without giving you credit, you also demonstrate how to clone away the “signature” on these props. To me, this is equivalent of someone removing one of your watermarks to have the image printed. I don’t think there is anything wrong with photo retouching in general, but removing an unobtrusive tag on a unique item is different than, for example, covering up stray hairs in someone’s face (I realize this post is two years old but I am just reading it for the first time). I think one of your greatest strengths as a blogger is your candor, so as someone who knows both photography and sewn product design, I was surprised to see you demonstrate this. 

  • elizabethhalford

    Hi there! These were just cheapie little chain store shoes, not handmade or anything special :) I don’t think it’s important to have the “made in china, size 4″ tags showing :) Also, this is just an example of how to use that tool, not a suggestion for when to use it. 

    I can see your argument regerding watermarking, though. However, if a client purchased images with a release to use however they wish, they would be within their rights to use a watermarkless image. In the same way, when I buy a custom sewn product, I feel I’m within my rights to display that in whatever way fits my needs. If cutting off the tag or Photoshopping it out fits my needs, then I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that because I’ve paid for that right.