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Business Center - Cable Management

I wanted to share this image from a shoot I did Monday, not because the photo itself is particularly interesting, but because I'm proud of my Photoshop skills!  First, the finished image:

Perfectly normal scene of an apartment community's business center

Perfectly normal scene of an apartment community's business center

However, the real life scene was a bit messier, as you can see in the following closeup. 

Cords, routers, phone jacks, and cover plates galore!  What a disaster under that desk.

Cords, routers, phone jacks, and cover plates galore!  What a disaster under that desk.

Normally to clean up errant cords and other atrocities, I'll use the Heal tool and grab samples from nearby areas that are free from clutter.  However, in this case it was one big jumbled mess so I had to dig deeper.

I started by making three separate selections and saving the selections individually to use later as needed: 1) wall under the desk; 2) floor under the desk; 3) trim under the desk.

1) I repainted the wall with the Brush tool, trying to emulate the existing shadows more or less as I went.  Next, I added a bit of texture to that layer to simulate the existing wall texture.

2) Next came the carpeting which just needed minor touchups via Heal tool.

3) Finally, much of the baseboard trim had to be reconstructed from scratch so I repainted over the cords with white, then drew in the contour lines to match the original.

Nice & tidy

Nice & tidy

In all, the cleanup took maybe 30 minutes and was well worth the effort to remove the hideous ball of snakes in an otherwise clean and tidy room.  Thanks for reading!