DxO ViewPoint

Manually cropping photos corrected DxO ViewPoint 2 and filling borders using

In collaboration with Christophe Gressin

In this tutorial, we will show you how to choose the crop after correcting geometrical flaws with DxO ViewPoint 2, and we will show you how to use Adobe® Photoshop® or Adobe® Photoshop® Elements® software to fill in the black areas which appear as a result of the corrections.

To follow this tutorial, you will need:

• DxO ViewPoint 2.
• Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.
• Some photos in TIFF or JPEG format.

1- Cropping and DxO ViewPoint 2’s geometric corrections

DxO ViewPoint 2 is very effective at correcting geometrical flaws tied to shooting images with wide-angle lenses, but these corrections necessitate a certain amount of cropping (done automatically when the geometrical corrections are applied).

Even though photographers are strongly advised to take into account this kind of cropping and thus to leave enough space around the subject so as not to lose important parts of the image, this isn’t always possible, particularly when there isn’t enough distance or enough room to back up. In these instances, in order to preserve the entirety of the subject, you can crop your image differently rather than use the crop provided by the automatic tool. The downside is that you will need to integrate the blacked-out areas that otherwise cannot remain in your final image. In the corrected image below, you can see the darkened areas along the borders that appeared after the application of the volume deformation correction.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to manually crop a photo to achieve the desired framing, and we will explain how to fill the dark areas created by cropping by using the tools available in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.

You will see that these techniques can be applied to the three different kinds of corrections offered by DxO ViewPoint (perspective, volume deformation, and distortion).

The Clone Stamp tool (available in Adobe Photoshop and in Adobe Photoshop Elements) helps you make these kinds of corrections, but quickly reaches its limits, so we will show you two other very easy and effective methods here.

2- Corrections using Adobe Photoshop Elements 12’s Spot Healing tool

2.1 – Correct the volume deformation using DxO ViewPoint

Volume deformation is corrected automatically when you click on the  button.

2.2 – Manually crop your image

During the preceding step, cropping is automatically applied by default.

To manually crop your image, select the Manual option in the Correction drop-down menu.

The principal window will display the complete image, including the blacked-out areas, as well as a grid that will help you apply your manual crop.

Before you apply the crop, we advise you to lock the proportions of the image by selecting the Preserve option in the Image ratiodrop-down menu.

You can also select a predefined or custom format if you prefer.

You can now go ahead and crop your image. Here we have decided to extend the selection right up to the left-hand border in order to leave more space behind the model.

Once finished cropping, validate your choice by clicking on the  button, after which you should save your corrected image.

2.3 – Correct your photo in Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

Open Photoshop Elements and choose the Expert mode in the Photo editor.

Select the Spot Healing Brush Tool by clicking on the  icon in the left-hand panel.

In the tool settings, select the size of the brush – here we will choose 50px – and make sure that the Content Aware option is checked.

All you need to do is “paint” the black zone as shown in the following image:

As soon as you release the mouse button, the tool calculates and applies the correction.

Repeat the operation in the lower area and save your work after you finish applying the corrections.

Note

The Spot Healing tool is also available in Adobe Photoshop.

3- Corrections using Adobe Photoshop’s Smart Fill tool

3.1 – Correct the perspective with DxO ViewPoint

In this second exemple, we will work on corrective this image with the help of DxO ViewPoint’s 8-point tool, accessible by clicking on the  icon.

Place the 8 anchor points on the photo so as to indicate the horizontal and vertical line pairs that will guide the correction.

Note

To learn more about how to correct your images even more precisely, see our tutorial about correcting complex perspective problems.

After you are finished with the correction, validate the result by clicking on the  button.s.

3.2 – Manually crop your image

Proceed to manually crop your image in the same way as in the previous example: first select Manual in the Correction drop-down menu, then choose Preserve in the Aspect Ratio menu.

Here we will extend the selection so as to integrate the portion of the courtyard in front of the right wing of the Louvre.

3.3 – Correct your photo in Adobe® Photoshop®

After correcting and cropping your image, open it in Adobe Photoshop, and choose the Lasso tool by clicking on .

Then select an appropriate area near the part you want to fix.

Select the fill tool in the Edit menu.

In the Content section of the drop-down menu, make sure that the Content aware option is selected.

Click on OK to see the result.

Finally, deactivate the selection tool so that you can see the overall result, which you can now save.

Photos credits: Olivier Lambolezanced settings.