Fixing Halos and Dark lines in Photographs

October 30, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

For all you landscapers our there....Last weekend, I learned a technique to remove those pesky halos and dark lines in my landscape photographs.   I have been applying it to my landscaping editing. Works well and saves a lot of time.

Often I get White Halos and Dark lines against high contrast areas during editing. Try this:

  1. Use the clone tool to fix this.. but not in the normal way. For skies, you typically get a white line. Select the clone tool and change the mode to "Darken". Set opacity to say 20 - 30% and flow to 100.

  2. Sample (alt on PC), a spot nearby the halo line at the darkens you want (or to follow lines).

  3. Set a soft brush (can be larger than the halo and just go over the halo area. It typically won't affect other side of line. It just darkens areas that are lighter than the sampled point. This lets you quickly just go over the halo line roughly (as you get better you can increase opacity) and it fixes it quickly.

  4. Similarly, if you want to remove the dark line on the other side, set the mode to "Lighten", sample near the dark line and start to clone. It will only lighten areas darker than the sampled line.

This technique has saved significant time when I find I have this issue. This is also used to fix skin imperfections by lightening age spots, and other imperfections without completely deleting them.

Anyway, I hope this helps others!!

 


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