SimplifySanPedroBefore, topaz simplify, san antonio, san pedro, photoshop, Remove Webbing, in Topaz Simplify topaz simplify, san antonio, san pedro, photoshop, Remove WebbingImages of scenic landscapes and nature are commonly brought into Topaz Simplify to render beautiful, painterly results. The technology behind the plug-in uses scale space algorithms that close off holes to help eliminate details. As a result, artifacts such as webbing might be created; this is most often seen in the branches of trees. To remove the webbing is quite simple. To start, you will need a program such as Photoshop Elements or Photoshop that supports layers and a few other necessary functions.

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simplify, photoshop, san juan island, cattle point, Remove WebbingHow to Remove Webbing caused by Topaz Simplify:

1. Open your image in PS or PSE.

2. Duplicate the layer three times so that you have four layers total (ctrl/cmd + J). Title the top layer “Simplify webbing”. Name the layer underneath it, “Simplify non-webbing”.

san antonio, topaz simplify, san pedro springs, Remove Webbing3. Bring the top layer (Simplify webbing) into Topaz Simplify.

4. Apply an effect that produces webbing such as BuzSim. Another way to create webbing is to go to the Simplify panel (right hand side of the interface) and increase the Simplify Size until you see the stained-glass effect form. You may also choose to increase the Feature Boost and Saturation slider for additional color and detail enhancement.

For this particular image I applied the BuzSim preset and then applied Oil Painting Toned I.  The transparency was then reduced to 0.70.

san antonio, topaz simplify, san pedro springs, Remove Webbing5. Press OK.

6. Select the layer “Simplify non-webbing” and bring it into Simplify.

layer7. For this image make sure there is no webbing. To achieve this, move the Simplify size slider up a minimal amount, no more than 0.10 (you may need to reduce the slider if your settings from the previous session have been applied to your image).

8. Press Ok.

san antonio, topaz simplify, san pedro springs9. So now there should be one image with a webbing problem and another without the webbing problem. Take the image with the webbing problem and duplicate it.  Your layers panel should look like this:

410.  Select the layer “Simplify Webbing” and change the overlay to Difference.

5 DifferenceThis will highlight the webbing problem as shown:

Difference11. Select both the difference “Simplify webbing” image and layer underneath (Simplify non-webbing) and merge them together (ctrl/cmd + E). Your layers panel will now look like this:

512. Next, with the merged layer (Simplify Webbing) selected, go to Image -> Adjustments -> Desaturate.

13. Press ctrl/cmd + L to open the levels panel. Move the white slider to the left to increase the white, making the webbing problem as white as possible. Move the black slider a tad bit to the right to darken the non-white areas.

614. Additionally, you might also opt to use the brush (B) to paint black over any white or gray areas that do not relate to the webbing problem:

715. You have now created a mask that represents the webbing problem. Move the mask to the top of your layer panel and press ctrl/cmd + A to select it and ctrl/cmd + C to copy.

816. Hide the masked top layer that you just copied by selecting the eye next to it. Select the layer underneath with the webbing problem. Your layers panel should look like this:

917. Press Q to activate the Quick Mask Mode feature (found under the tools panel) and then press ctrl/cmd + V to paste:

san antonio, topaz simplify, san pedro springs18. Press Q again to remove the red screen…marching ants will appear around the webbing problem. Note: if the marching ants do not cover up the entire webbing problem, go back to the original mask and re-boost the whites using levels.

1119. Press the backspace or delete key to delete the selection.

20. Press ctrl/cmd + D to make the marching ants disappear. You will now notice that the webbing problem has been eliminated!

san antonio, topaz simplify, san pedro springs, Remove WebbingSo here was the webbing before:

san antonio, topaz simplify, san pedro springs, Remove WebbingAnd here is after:

san antonio, topaz simplify, san pedro springs, Remove WebbingIf you don’t get it right the first time, do not give up! It took me a few practice tries to get the process correct.

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