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The Spot Healing Brush with its sophisticated Content-Aware technology is useful not only for removing blemishes from a portrait as I showed you in an earlier movie in this chapter, but also for removing entire objects that would otherwise be difficult to remove convincingly, like these wires on top of these detailed clouds. To show you that I'm going to go to the toolbar and select the Spot Healing Brush tool. I'll go to its Options bar and there I'll make sure the Content-Aware is enabled. I have the option to create a new layer to work on.
I'm going to do that down in the Layers panel, by going to the bottom of the Layers panel and clicking the Add New layer icon there. I'll call my new layer Wire Removal, and press Enter or Return. With the Wire Removal layer selected, I'm going to go up to the Options bar and check Sample All layers. This means that the Content Aware option for the Smart Healing brush is going to evaluate the entire image. The photo in the background layer included, when it creates a patch, with which to cover the wire and it's going to place that patch on the selected layer at the Wire Removal layer.
I'll move into the image and I want my brush tip be just a little bit bigger than the width of the wire. You can use the right and left bracket keys to size the brush tip. When I've got the size brush that I want, I'll click and drag down that wire, being careful to stay right on top of the wire. And then I'll release my mouse and like magic that wire disappears. But what's amazing is that although this tool removed the wire, it didn't harm the underlying photo, with all of its details and tonal values and edges.
So although this wire crossed areas of highlight and midtone and shadow, all of that is still there. None of that was disturbed by this Content-Aware fix. Now because I was working on a separate layer, I can go over to the Layers panel and make the background layer temporarily invisible by clicking its eye-icon. So you can see what the tool did. It laid a patch down on my Wire Removal layer that exactly matches the colors and tones and lighting and texture of the photo around the patch.
I'll turn background layer on again. An advantage of having patched the image on a separate layer is that if there's something I don't like, about the patch I can erase that part of the patch. So if I want to do it again over here, I'll get the Eraser tool in the toolbar, and then I'll come into the image and I'll just click and drag in this area to erase that part of the patch, and then I could reapply the Spot Healing Brush tool there. Or if I really didn't like the result at all, I could take the entire Wire Removal layer and drag it to the layer trash and start again.
So if you have time, see if you can make the rest of the wire and the light bulbs disappear, using the Spot Healing Brush with the Content-Aware option. In the meantime, here's a bonus tip for digital photographers. If you have dust spots on your photos, which come from a little dirt or hair on the sensor in your digital camera, try using the Spot Healing Brush with the Content-Aware option to remove those dust spots from your photos by just clicking on them.
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