Removing Imperfections in Your Food Photography - dummies

Removing Imperfections in Your Food Photography

By Alison Parks-Whitfield

Part of Food Styling and Photography For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Due to the messy nature of food styling and photography, sometimes you’ll have an extra drip, bit, or speck of stuff that needs tidying up after the image has been shot. When you have a little problem that needs a bit of cleanup, use the Clone Stamp tool in Adobe Photoshop to tidy up the image. In the following figure, you see an appetizing shot of an apricot and nut square with a lavender-scented crust. Unfortunately, a little lavender piece is stuck right smack in the middle of the crust.. It’s distracting.


To fix the problem, zoom in, select the Clone Stamp tool, and then press the Option key and click (also referred to as Option + click) on a white area of the surrounding crust. Use the Clone Stamp tool to paint the white crust-colored pixels over the stray lavender bit. In the following figure, you can see the results. With just a few clicks, the image is left with a nearly flawless crust.