A Quick Tutorial On the Changes to My Boston Photo

In Photography, Photoshop by Matt K3 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a photo I took while in Boston. It got a lot of great feedback, but there was one thing that I didn’t like in the photo (and it was confirmed by some comments here on the blog). At first, I was kinda lazy and thought it would be a pain to get rid so I didn’t bother. But then I sat down to give it a go and it only ended up taking me a few minutes. So… first, the before and after photo. Just click the little right arrow button to see the difference (it’s a small change by the way).

[imagetab width=”558″ height=”350″] http://mattk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/boston_before.jpg [/imagetab] [imagetab width=”558″ height=”350″] http://mattk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/boston_after.jpg [/imagetab]

The thing that bothered me (and some of you) is that the boat along the dock, and the bridge on the left look like they’re being held up by the pilings in the water. So I decided to fix it. And while I was at it, I figured rather than write about it here, I’d just do a quick video of what I did. Also, if you’re a NAPP member I posted the video there, along with the image to download and try out if you’d like. Enjoy!


  1. Dennis Zito

    Hey Matt,

    Wow, thanks for sharing this! I’ve had some similar situations and didn’t have a clue how to retouch them. Now I have some ammunition! I’m going to have to watch this a few more time to get how you did the selection and masking. It’s nice to be able to stop and start the video! Is there a way I can download this video?

    Thanks again,


  2. Shirley Schweizer

    Matt, thanks for the tutorial. However I am having trouble understanding with the selection process you used to remove the bird and then reducing the piling. Could you please write the instructions for doing this. Thank you so much.

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