Correcting missing parts in photos

You don’t see it in finished photos, but quite often, especially with panoramas, you may have missing parts in a photo. It’s mostly in the corners. When two photos are merged into a panorama, the software has to distort them to match them, and the result is not a rectangular shape. Here is an example of that in a photo from Hallstatt:

Correcting missing parts in photos

You can see that the corners are missing and also part of the sky and water as a result of the panorama merge. I could crop it all off, but then I would loose a lot from it, as seen here:

Correcting missing parts in photos

And that’s just not acceptable. So instead, I would crop it to the desired compositon I want, and then fix the missing parts afterwards. So let’s say I crop it like this:

Correcting missing parts in photos

And lets fix the problems.

Using content aware

Content aware tool is great for areas of single color or areas with smaller repeating details. So for a sky, wall, water, forest in the distance and similar, it creates some great results. It’s really not great for very detailed objects, where the details change.

Here it works best on the sky, water, and the mountain in the distance. Just choose any selection tool, select the are a little bigger than you need and then choose Edit/Fill (Shift + Backspace) and choose Content Aware from the drop-down selection and confirm.

You usually get god results, but sometime one need to select the transition area again and repeat.

Correcting missing parts in photos
Correcting missing parts in photos

Using clone stamp tool

The clone stamp tool is the best on repeating patterns. You can also use it on single color areas and similar, but that’s usually simpler to do with content aware. Again, it’s not really that great for detailed object like bushes for instance, where you will never match the objects exactly.

To use it, just choose the clone stamp tool from the toolbar on the left, hold down alt and click on the source location that you want to copy, and then paint in the missing ares. I personally prefer to do this on a separate layer, as that makes it easier to go back or blend only parts of the correction.

Be careful when using it not to create visible repetition (if there should not be one).

Correcting missing parts in photos
Correcting missing parts in photos

Warping parts of the image

If nothing works, you can try warping the image. By this I mean selecting a part of the photo, next to the missing area, and stretching it around to fill the missing spot.

You have to be careful not to stretch any straight lines or objects, as that is very noticeable. This works best on organic things, like bushes, water, clouds and similar.

What you do, is to create a rectangular selection around the area. You go a bit wider than you need. Than you choose Edit/Transform/Warp (or hit Ctrl+T, then right click on the selection and choose Warp). Now choose the corner or the middle point (base on where the selection is) and drag it outside the photo.

Correcting missing parts in photos
Correcting missing parts in photos

Don’t over do it. Once a hole start’s appearing between the selection and the rest of the image, it’s too much. In this case, undo what you did, and do it again but in parts. Drag the point a bit. Confirm. Create new selection and repeat. Piece by piece you will fill in the spot.

Correcting missing parts in photos
Correcting missing parts in photos

Once you are done, sometimes you get a very noticeable distortion inside. In that case, reselects it, go into warp, choose a spot inside and drag it towards the distortion. What you want to do, is to get the distortion over a bigger area, so it’s not so visible.

Correcting missing parts in photos

How this photo ended

And that’s it for this guide. Hope it’s understandable and if not, feel free to ask :) I wanted to show you this photo finished with all the edits, but I never did this one, I did one taken right after it, so I will share that one here :)

Hallstatt, Austria

Looking back

There will be no new photos here today, but instead let’s have a look at my photography beginnings. These photos were taken right as I started with photography and some of them are even older than the first post on this blog.

Not that they are any good, they are over-processed like crazy, but it’s interesting to have a look at ones past and see how one’s work evolved.

Very old photos

These photos are all from 2010, taken with my first DSLR, the 450D. It was a great camera, but one really has to know at least something about photography to use it. I still remember the day I switched to manual focusing, how all my photos got better right away :)

One interesting fact here is, that almost all of these were taken handheld. Now I almost never take landscape photos anymore from hand. Tripod all the time.

Looking back
Looking back
Looking back
Looking back
Looking back
Looking back
Looking back

More ultrawide wallpapers

Based on the visitor numbers, it seems like you quite like the walllpapers I’m sharing with you, especially the surface ones and the ultrawide ones. So I will be adding more. Today, here are 4 new ones from the ultrawide variety.

3440×1440 wallpapers

You can download these, and all the other wallpapers available, from the wallpapers page here.

3440x1440 ultrawide wallpapers
3440x1440 ultrawide wallpapers
3440x1440 ultrawide wallpapers
3440x1440 ultrawide wallpapers

3:2 wallpapers

I see quite a lot of people visiting my blog while searching for Surface Pro 4 wallpapers. So today I have for you few more wallpapers specifically sized for the screen of that device. And even the newer Surface Pro (2017) has the same resolution. And if you have other device with a 3:2 aspect ratio screen, they will fit you device to.

New Surface wallpapers

All these wallpapers are 2736×1824 pixels in size and can be downloaded with all the other wallpapers from the wallpapers page here.

Updates to wallpapers page

I have been slowly updating the formatting on multiple popular pages on the blog, mostly the top photography spots ones. But today, the time has come for an update for the wallpapers page.

So you may find a bit of a new formatting, aligned with the rest of the blog. Also, since the number of wallpapers got quite big over time, I split the page into two. The 2736×1824, 3440×1440 and 3840×1200 resolution wallpapers are where they used to be, and the other, 1600×1200 and 1920×1200 resolution wallpapers, can be now found on this page. Should help with the loading speed quite a lot :)

New 21:9 – 3440×1440 wallpapers

And so it’s not just new formatting, here are also new 21:9 wallpapers at 3440×1440 for you. As always, you can get them from the wallpapers page, they are free to download and share. Just if you post them somewhere, please link back to this blog and don’t use them commercially without my permission.

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

3440x1440 21:9 wallpapers page

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