If you google “wireworm”, you get some ugly little centipede/beetle kind of thing – urgh no. If you google “wireworm photoshop” however, the first link you’ll find it an very VERY useful (and free!) plug-in for Photoshop. It takes the pain out of removing those annoying wires and cables that can ruin a photo. I first downloaded this a few weeks ago, but never had much reason to use it – my photos often weren’t worth the effort of removing the wires – they would still look rubbish! But, today, I had a nice photo (in my opinion at least) but the telegraph cables running along the bottom of the image did kind of spoil the shot. So having a bit of spare time this evening I thought i’d give wireworm a shot, and I have to say I was pretty impressed with the end result. Granted, if you zoom right in, I am pretty sure you can still see the “residue” of the poles and cables that i’ve removed – but I think you’d do well to tell in the shot below. With a bit more practice (and patience) I think this tool would be pretty powerful, even for close up examination! I do have another shot of a leopard “ruined” by the cage (thankfully) between me and my subject which I may try to ressurect using wireworm. I’d recommend it to anyone (and no – its not my creation before anyone asks!) who dabbles in Photoshop like I do.
I was dubious about downloading and installing plug-ins onto my already slow laptop, but this one was easy to setup, and worked first time. There are some other examples on the website (link here) which probably show off the power of the tool better than I have, but below is my attempt at playing with it. (I’d also tweaked the colours a bit.. not sure if its better or worse for it though!) If I get chance to actually do it, I’ll post my attempt with the leopard photo too.
Thanks for reading peeps!