I'm having some difficulties with Gradients... again. There's this image with the artwork of a bezel in which the artist simply "dropped the brush", guess that's an appropriate analogy, with the colour of the lens' case in the bezel's metalon (the "body"), causing a very distinguishable stain:

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I tried some different approaches I know but I couldn't get a decent result because of the gradient, so I ended up deciding to paint the whole thing as close as possible. I masked only what you can see above and build a Gradient definition very close to the original. I could share the .GRD file but I don't know how.

But no matter the direction I drew my Linear Gradient I couldn't get anything even close to this.

What am I doing wrong?

  • Is that what your aiming for of youf attempt? Anyway its impossible to know what you did wrong because you dont tell it.
    – joojaa
    Aug 3, 2018 at 20:50
  • This is the original. I was trying to clean this beige stain in the bottom-left part (and later the green on top-right) and the first idea I had was to redo the whole gradient since Content-Aware/Patch would help me with given the complexity of the surroundings. Aug 3, 2018 at 21:38

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here's one trick that can be useful

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  1. The original with so large errors that one cannot fix them with the cloning brush

  2. Original is rotated and warped to get a good straight slice. Its about just below the arrow.

  3. The slice is selected and pasted to a new layer

  4. The slice is stretched horizontally

  5. The stretched slice is warped to the needed form. It can be used as is or as a cloning source to fix the errors in the original.

Before trying this try at first to push good color over the bad with the smudge brush and the cloning brush. Work in a copied layer. Limit the affected area with a selection.

This is the result of two minutes smudging & cloning (not a masterpiece, needs much steadier hand than I have)

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  • And the Ockham's Razor strikes again. The simplest solution is usually the correct or at least the most suitable. I haven't even considered this warping technique. But I'll certainly try the second procedure first. For now, thank you for your time. :) Aug 6, 2018 at 15:47

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