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Not looking for a detailed step-by-step guide, but just some input on what the best general editing strategy would be (using Affinity Photo): I took the below image in Seattle; it's a bit touristy, but so be it. To make it a bit more appealing, I'd like to replace the writing on the manhole cover and make 'Sewer' into 'Seattle'. That not something I usually tackle, so what's the best way to do this? I could image just using the font tool, but how do I deal with the relief? Puzzling it together with the clone brush might an option (and first two letters are already in place), but that seems very tedious and error prone. Another way I could image would be to just use a brush and draw it, but that might tax might artistic capabilities.

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I've attached the Affinity Photo file, which shows the things I did in order to achieve what you're searching for. It's more or less a "quick'n'dirty" edit as the image was very low resolution. But the steps are pretty much the same, just need a bit better fine-tuning (i. e. lighting, font choice etc.) for a realistic result.




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12 hours ago, pipet said:

I took the below image in Seattle; it's a bit touristy, but so be it. To make it a bit more appealing

Nice photo! I also like old manhole covers and don't mind the word sewer but I understand why you'd want to change it. 

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