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Straightening a tie in a photo?

Community Beginner ,
Mar 14, 2019 Mar 14, 2019

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I noticed the tie of my subjects is off to the side. What is a good (retaining shirt texture around it etc.) way to fix this?

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Community Expert , Mar 14, 2019 Mar 14, 2019

There are a few steps to this.

First separate the component parts onto their own layers.  The pen tool is the way to go with straight sided objects like this.

The layer order is important, because the higher layers need to overlap the lower layers.  (the collar overlaps the tie after we move the tie)

Then move things int place with Free Transform starting with the knot.

We need to make the layers that will be moved into Smart Objects, because we are likely going to need to move them more than once,

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Mar 14, 2019 Mar 14, 2019

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Hello andrei_says_eboda, The fast, easy way to fix this is to use the clone tool.

Set it at 20-25 and work at 100 % magnification - fill in the fabric in where you need it. Match the pattern carefully. Darken upper edge at the top. I did it and it works very well. Be careful, save the original file and play with another test one. Let me know how it goes. Best regards, JH

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Mar 14, 2019 Mar 14, 2019

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I would distort the knot.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 18, 2019 Mar 18, 2019

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Thank you.

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There are a few steps to this.

First separate the component parts onto their own layers.  The pen tool is the way to go with straight sided objects like this.

The layer order is important, because the higher layers need to overlap the lower layers.  (the collar overlaps the tie after we move the tie)

Then move things int place with Free Transform starting with the knot.

We need to make the layers that will be moved into Smart Objects, because we are likely going to need to move them more than once, and we don't want to lose the corner handle positions.

So I have moved the knot which presents two issues. 1) we need to  make good the exposed shirt , and 2) the top right corner of the knot needs to be faked.

I've moved the tie as well, and made a new layer below the tie and knot layers to fake the missing shirt area

OK, I have move the knot and tie some more (I said it was likely) and made good the exposed area of shirt, and now we have a tricky bit.  With it being such a nice sharp image, trying to blend in new tie to fill the gap is going  to be hard to get right, so I am going to try cheating.

I've stretched and pulled the tie with Free Transform (FT) > Warp, which blows up the pattern

Moving the tie layer up the stack above the jacket, shows how much I have had to stretch it to fill the gap

I've added drop shadows to the tie and knot.  Two drop shadows to the tie in fact, one either side.

The knot has a problem in that the shadow extends downwards as well, which you don't want

So I have set Layer mask to hide effect

Added a layer mask and painted out the problem bit with black in the mask

I decided to give the knot another drop shadow as well

You could call this a day, and I doubt anyone would notice, but if you have that tie, you could photograph it and composite just the lower bit below the knot.  You'd need to try and get the curve going, but you can fake that with some shading

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Mar 18, 2019 Mar 18, 2019

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Thank you so much for this answer -- it is very useful to me as it covers multiple steps and explains the logic behind them. I appreciate your time!

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Mar 15, 2019 Mar 15, 2019

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Hello again, Well, you are given several methods to make your tie straight. Each one works. Which one you are comfortable with is up to you. The clone is quick and takes skill. The others take more time. Best regards, JH

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Mar 15, 2019 Mar 15, 2019

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Hi, This one is fast, 4 min. Free transform tool. JHtie-fix-advice freetransform.jpg

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Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Hey there, could you please tell me how you did that in 4 minutes? I'm a PS beginner, but I'm getting fast into new software. Thank you very much in advance!

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Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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I'd like to straighten the shirt and the tie (the tie just needs a little bit of correction). Thank you very much in advance!

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