[Through comments, it has been discovered that a blue button/pin is desired which retains highlights. The shadow across the center of the orange button in the photograph is the reflection of a person -- that reflection also needs to be retained. The white swoosh, the text, and the tree/lamppost artwork should be removed.]
I am a beginner to photo manipulation. I have been trying to achieve the following two independent tasks using photoshop on the image:
- make the badge white (remove all text and color but retain the metallic finish and the reflection and highlights)
- change just the text
My approach was to separate the photo into luminosity and color layers; which I then believed would be easy enough to achieve the two tasks by just modifying the color layer. It didn't work.
I would like some help in achieving the above two tasks. I have similar images of other badges from other sources that I need to have the same tasks done.
Here is what I was trying to do based on this tutorial. The "Gradient Map 1" is the rasterized luminosity layer. The "Background Copy 2" is the rasterized color layer. I tried making the badge a red or blue color but as you can see, the dark shade or orange remains. Painting with white got me the luminosity layer revealed.
Based on @cockypup's answer, I was able to erase existing text by using the spot healing brush on the luminosity layer.
- My attempt at using the spot heal brush.
Please note that it works good when removing small area like one or two letters. When I try to apply it over the entire surface, it results in loss of highlights, loss of reflection (look near the F of Foto in third row of text) in the image. And I have been unable to get the white or orange area to move. Using a brush as big as the size of the badge doesn't work either.
From what I understand about spot healing brushes, they work based on its surrounding information in the image. What I am trying to achieve is change those very surrounding information.
I apologize as I do not seem to be able to convey exactly what I am trying to achieve. So I am going to focus on just this one thing for now: how to make this image look like it was a full uniform/plain blue. Here is my attempt. I painted blue in the color extract layer, which makes the badge blue, but not uniformly same shade of blue. I would like the entire circular area of the badge to look like the area in 1 while retaining the highlights and reflections.
I would like to be able to take the above image and have it look like this
all the while retaining the reflection, specular highlights and texture of the surface.