Morie’ Patterns

Every now & then we all have to deal with Morie’ patterns. Usually Morie’ patterns show up in shirts or models apparel & it is due to interference between fabric texture and the grid pattern on the digital camera’s sensor. I have tried several ways of getting rid of Morie pattern & here are two that work.

Photoshop: Method “A”

  1. With your image open choose the Eyedropper tool from the photoshop palette & select a color sample of the fabric
  2. Select the “Brush” tool from the Photoshop toolbar then change the size of the brush to suit your needs
  3. Change the “Mode” from Normal to Color
  4. Brush away the Morie
  5. You may still have some darker lines within the fabirc but at least the color is gone – you’ll have to clone these darker lines out or leave them alone depending on how they look

Photoshop: Method “B” – A little better on the original color accuracy of the fabric

  1. With your image open: Duplicate your Layer
  2. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur – adjust this filter to blur just enough to make the Morie’ color go away
  3. Go to the History palette > Make a Snapshot – name it Blur
  4. Apple – Z to undo the Gaussian Blur from the original photo
  5. In the History Pallet: Click just to the right of the “Blur” snapshot to Set the “Source of the History Brush”
  6. In the Tool pallet select the History Brush & adjust it to your desire size
  7. Change the “Mode” from Normal to “Color”
  8. Now simply erase away the Morie pattern – You still may end up with some darker lines from the pattern you may have to clone out

These two methods are the best I have found so far.. If you have another way feel free to comment!


Digital Production Tip – Skys

In quite a few of my photos the sky’s are added in for effect. It’s so tempting to make your selection in the image & use the Gradation Tool with a blue/white, blue/yellow or blue/blue colors to make a sky. Don’t! If you’ve done this before then you already know about the dreaded banding problems. Now you have a lot of work ahead of you using filters Blur, Box Blur & Add Noise to “hopefully” get rid of the banding. Let’s keep it simple, why not add a real sky background?

You are guarantee not to have any banding issues.

Making it happen – I usually blow out my skys when I shoot by exposing for the shadows, this most of the time gets me a near white sky. If you do not have a white sky try this method anyway, you may love the results.

  • First things first – Apple-J to float your current layer
  • Use the Color Range method   >  choose menu > Select > Color Range
  • Place the eyedropper in the sky area
  • CK: Localize Color Clusters
  • Fuzziness is fully adjustable, you’ll have to play with it
  • Range: this is your Selection range – remember the worst mistake you can do is to treat this as a Magic Wand too, it’s not, no where near it – the color range tool  selects a specified color or color range within an existing selection or an entire image. The Magic wand tool selects color within the image but leaves a very hard edge.
  • Open your Sky image – copy & then Paste the sky image INTO your selected area
  • Use your Opacity to adjust
  • After pasting your sky into the image use the Elliptical Marquee set to 250 (base on about a 60mb file) & delete the bottom of the sky where your horizon meets the sky if needed.
  • That’s it, adjust the sky to your liking using Curves, Hue Saturation etc…

I have a collection of about 100 sky images without clouds shot at different times of day. It’s best to shoot sky’s in a very large open area like at the beach or desert so you can have a the sky go all the way down to the horizon for that natural gradated look.

Digital Production Tip – Backgrounds

In this series I photograph a couple in an old car (due to copyright issues, instead of a new car) in my driveway for a “Road Trip” theme. I first scout for locations to find the best angle & lighting. After taking the main photos of the car & couple I select the edits & then I photograph the locations. I import the edits of the car and models as small low res JPG into CaptureOne software – CaptureOne has a great feature where you can superimpose one photo on top of a new photo which you are currently taking so you can get the “positioning” just right – you then can adjust angles, lights etc..

This technique has some work to do in post production using Photoshop, but I find it more cost effective to strip in the backgrounds in post. I can combine one image in about 1 to 2 hours. How long & how much would it cost me to drive around to different locations with models, stylists etc…?  Total shoot time with models on this shoot was 1 hour, location photography was 2 hours not including scouting the day before.