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Fixing a crooked bow tie

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Jul 14, 2020

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I'm trying to figure out how to straighten a bow tie. The picture was taken at the prom but they didnt make sure the tie was straight. I'm very new with PS and i don't know the right tools to use. F2B84399-6C07-4533-ACA8-A10BC94D3273_1_201_a.jpeg

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Fixing a crooked bow tie

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I'm trying to figure out how to straighten a bow tie. The picture was taken at the prom but they didnt make sure the tie was straight. I'm very new with PS and i don't know the right tools to use. F2B84399-6C07-4533-ACA8-A10BC94D3273_1_201_a.jpeg

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First step is to select the bow tie and copy to a new layer.  Dragging a box around it with the Object Selection tool is an easy way to do that.  Ctrl J (Cmd J) copies the selection to a new layer

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Then you need to clean up (remove the existing bow tie where it is a problem.  An easy way to do that is borrow pixels from the right side of the image

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Free transform the borrowed pixels

Flip horizontal

Hold down the Ctrl (Cmd) key and drag the handles to get it to fit

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I'm trying to keep is simple as I can for you, but the image is not cooperating.

At this stage I am thinking that the flipped bow tie is easier to match than removing the existing tie with the clone tool, so I have abandoned that layer for now,

The new collar was too bright, and too blue, so I clipped a curves layer to the coppied collar layer and reduced the RGB slope, and I also selected the blue channel from the RGB drop down, and reduced that as well.  I decided to finish with the sponge tool set to Desaturate sneaking up with a value of just 1 or 2.

 

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That leaves it close, but I used the clone tool to clean up lines around the collar/neck interface.

Theww center of the bow tie also has an obvious cut line, so I am going to use the copied bow tie after all.

So I used a layer mask to mask everything but the knot.

Used free transform to straighten the tie, and switched to Warp (by right clicking) to styretch the knot to fit better.

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Note this is not how I would have done it, but I have >20 years experience and use Photoshop every day.  But to do a perfect job, it was probably not easy for a complete beginner.  If you want to have a go, then use the clone tool to hide problem areas of the original tie.  Use masking (lasso or pen tools) to select where you need clean lines to clone into.

 

I hope that helps at least a bit.

 

 

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It actually took me a LOT less time to do this than to answer your question

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Thank you so much! My son is a Senior and they were just ab;e to have their Senior prom a few days ago and i wanted to frame this pic, but the crooked tie was bugging me. Thanks again!

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Also, I just thought of something, I put the pic in here with a cropped head. So how do i get him back with a head with the fixed tie? Lol I told you i was a newbie.. Thank you!

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Jul 15, 2020

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Follow the instructions that Trevor gave you, on the original uncropped photo, and straighten the tie.

 

Dave

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Nice tutorial, Trevor! 😊

~ Jane

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