Crop before cloning
Here’s how to remove unwanted objects by cropping instead of cloning
Che ck the edges
Open Retouch_start.jpg. Before cloning out unwanted objects, check the edges of the picture for objects that you can remove more quickly and effectively with the Crop tool, such as the bit of out-of-focus plant on the left of our image’s frame, and the sliver of loft window, top-right.
Preserve the sha pe
Grab the Crop tool. In the Crop panel, set the Aspect Ratio drop-down to Photo Ratio. This will preserve the cropped photo’s proportions so that they are the same proportion as other shots from your Nikon. Next, in the Crop panel, tick ‘Show Grid’ to summon a Rule of Thirds grid.
Cr op the sh ot
Click and drag the crop tool to select the entire image. Drag the top-left corner handle in to crop out the soft-focus plant. Drag within the window to rearrange the composition so that the pumpkin is in the right-hand third and the dog’s head is in the left third. Click Apply Ratio when you’re happy.