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Cleaning up content with the Spot Removal tool

From: Enhancing a Landscape Photo with Lightroom

Video: Cleaning up content with the Spot Removal tool

To finish up our processing of this photo I'm noticing that there are a few little items in the water down here that we may want to remove from the photo. I'm going to click to zoom into a 100% and here I can see a couple of reeds sticking up through the water. Now normally if I want to remove something like this from a photo, I'll take the photo from Lightroom into Photoshop to use the more sophisticated retouching tools there. But when you have just small items like these to removed and the surrounding area is rather simple like the plain water, you can give the Spot Removal tool a try here in Lightroom.

Cleaning up content with the Spot Removal tool

To finish up our processing of this photo I'm noticing that there are a few little items in the water down here that we may want to remove from the photo. I'm going to click to zoom into a 100% and here I can see a couple of reeds sticking up through the water. Now normally if I want to remove something like this from a photo, I'll take the photo from Lightroom into Photoshop to use the more sophisticated retouching tools there. But when you have just small items like these to removed and the surrounding area is rather simple like the plain water, you can give the Spot Removal tool a try here in Lightroom.

Let's do that by going over to the toolbar in the column on the right and clicking on the Spot Removal tool. That opens the Spot Removal tool panel and I'm going to leave all of these options at their defaults that you see here, then I'll move into the image. I am going to put my brush tip on top of this faint little spot. I want the brush tip to be just big enough to cover that spot, so if your brush tip is too large then press the left bracket key on your keyboard a couple times. If it's too small press the right bracket key. The bracket keys are located to the right of the P key on your keyboard.

And then I'm going to click on that little spot. I'll move off of the image to dismiss those two circles and you can see that that's done a pretty good job of covering up that little spot. Now let's try something larger, this area here, this large reed and its shadow, I'll move on move on top of the reed and I'll press the right bracket key to make my brush tip bigger until it just covers the reed and its shadow and then I'll click. Now I have two circles; the circle on the right is where Lightroom is patching over the reed and the circle on the left is the source of the pixels that are being used to make that patch.

So because inside the source circle there are these two other little reeds, those are being copied over into our patch. Well, obviously we don't want that, so we need to move the source circle. I'll hover over the source circle and click and drag and that fixes the patch. Because the source circle is now in the clean area of water, we're getting a nice clean patch over that original reed. I'll move off the image, so you can see the result without the circles. The reason that the circle appears when I move over the image is because tool Overlay is set Auto, so you can change this to Never if you don't want to see those circles temporarily or you can change it to Always if you want the circles to always be showing as long as you have the Spot Removal panel open over here in the column on the right.

But I'll set that back to Auto for now. If you're following along you may want to pan around in the water and find more of these circles and try to eliminate them the same way as I'm doing now. When you're done, hold the spacebar and click in the image to zoom back out. Then go up to the Spot Removal tool and click there to close its panel. Like all the adjustments that we've made, you can always go back in and edit the spot removal adjustments by reopening the Spot Removal panel by again clicking on the Spot Removal tool.

So now we're finished with all of the global and local adjustments that we had planned to add to this landscape photo to enhance it here in Lightroom. Let's do a quick before and after. If I press the Backslash key (\) on my keyboard, the Backslash key (\) is three keys away from the P key, you can see how the image look when we started and if I click again, where we taken the image with the global and local adjustments that we added here in Lightroom. But we're not done yet. We still need to export a copy of this file as I'll show you how to do in the next movie.

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