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Discover what's new in Photoshop Lightroom 5, the popular photo management, enhancement, and publishing program from Adobe. Get a sneak peek at Upright, for automatic perspective correction, and Smart Previews, for viewing large RAW images more quickly at a smaller file size, even when they are disconnected from your main catalog. Author Chris Orwig also reviews the extra flexible and precise healing and retouching tools, new Radial filter, video slideshows, and new features for expediting your workflow.
In this movie, I want to highlight a great new feature which will allow you to achieve better results when you're re-touching or cleaning-up your photographs when working with the Spot Removal tool. And you will take a look at how you can use this new feature in order to reduce or decrease the shadows underneath the eyes. We'll also explore how you can get rid of some of the skin blemishes or variations that we have in this photograph. Yet before we get to improving this picture, first what I want to do is provide a demonstration of how this new feature works, then we'll take what we've learned and apply it to improving this photograph.
Alright, well, let's begin by selecting the Spot Removal tool. To do that, press the Q key on your keyboard or click on the Spot Removal tool which is located right here in the Tool Strip. Now actual you'll notice that we have a new slider, or control, it's the Feather Slider. This is the one which we'll be talking about, yet for now what I want you to do is to decrease the feather amount all the way down to 0. Next, go ahead and increase the Brush Size to a brush size of about 75 or so. Then what we're going to to do is we're going to choose the Brush Option of Clone.
This'll help us to see more clearly how the Feather Slider actually works. And then, last but not least, go ahead and leave the Opacity setting at 100. Now the way that we can use this tool, is we can position the cursor over the background for example, and we can click or we can click and paint over an area. In doing that, once we let go, Lightroom will try to select a source area to clean up the problem which we painted over. In this case it selected the background. Now, for demo purposes, what I'm going to do is change the source area over here to an area of the face, maybe even the eye.
And what you'll see is that we now have this area which has been cloned from one part of the picture to another. You'll also notice the white overlay graphics, the circles and the arrow there Well those are showing because we have the Tool Overlay set to Auto, which allows those graphics to show when we position the cursor over the image, and then when we move it away, they disappear. Well here one of the things that you should be able to see is that the edge of this area is really defined.
Let me zoom in even closer so you can see the edge definition. To zoom in, I'll go to the Navigator panel and click on 1 to 2, and then I'll press the Space Bar key. And I'll just click and drag to re-position this over this background area. And again, you can see how we have a really defined edge. Well, if we want to softer edge, or if we want an edge which is more diffused, we can increase the feather amount. Notice how that becomes much softer and how that's blending into the background much more effectively.
Now I know that you wont necessarily be cloning part of the face onto the background. Yet what I'm hoping is that you can start to see how this Feather Slider can help you to, to blend in all of their re-touching and cleaning-up work that you do when working with this tool. Alright, well now that we've seen that, let's delete what we've done here, and let's actually improve this photograph. So go ahead and press Delete on a Mac or Backspace on Windows, to get rid of that demo there. Next I'll press the Space Bar key and just click and drag over here to one of the eyes.
And I want to reduce or diminish this shadow here. Well, to do that let's leave our Feather Amount up all the way to 100. Let's decrease that Brush Size a little bit so we can paint little bit of a smaller area with more precision. And because I'm going to reduce this rather than get rid of it all together, we want to decrease the Opacity. So let's bring this down to about 50 or so. Then what we'll do is just click and paint over the part of the image that we want to re-touch away. Let go, and Lightroom will attempt to select a good source area.
I'm going to click on the Fill option which will allow me to zoom out and here you can see it selected this part of the face. That isn't a very good area, so I'm going to help Lightroom out and just click and drag this to a nice, clean area of the skin, and then I'll zoom back in so you can actually see that here. All right, well as you can see without the Feather Amount, we have really defined edges. With a high Feather Amount, it's blending in a little more effectively. Now, the opacity is still a little bit to high, but you can see how we're starting to decrease or get rid of that shadow in that part of the photograph.
If we want the shadow to blend in even more naturally, what we’ll want to choose is the Heal option. When you choose Heal, you’ll notice that it blends in nicely and that you’ll be able to increase the Opacity even more and still achieve really nice, subtle, natural looking results. Here they are. There’s the before, and then here’s the after. And again, we can customize this after the fact. Alright, well, once you've worked on one area, let's go ahead and work on another. Press the Space Bar key, click and drag to re-position, and then just click and paint on the other area that you want to work on, in this case, this part of the photograph.
It's sampling an area which isn't very good once again, so let's bring this up to a skin tone which resembles that much more closely. And then you almost always need to zoom in right, to actually see if this looks good. Here I want to just decrease the Opacity just a little bit, as well as this one here too. Now once we've done that, we can evaluate how we're doing by clicking on this Toggle Switch, and you can see the before and after. And how we were able to achieve really professional level results without a lot of effort, and really, it revolved around working with our Feather Slider and in this case also the Opacity Slider in order to blend that in naturally and to improve this photograph in some simple, yet significant ways.
Alright, what about dealing with other areas, let's say we have other smaller blemishes that we want to get rid of. Well, here I'll decrease my Brush Size. And I'll go ahead, and I'll just click and paint over a blemish. Currently, on my Opacity is set to 48, which is too low, so I'm going to increase that all the way up to 100. And then I'll just click, or I'll click and paint over any small skin variation. And in this way, we can go ahead and move around the image, and we can re-touch away all of these small little problems.
Now, keep in mind that this isn't only effective when you're re-touching a portrait. Perhaps you're a landscape photographer and you need to clean up the sky because there was some dust on your lens, or maybe you're a product photographer, and you have some distracting elements you need to re-touch away. Well, either way, these techniques really work, and by having a higher Feather Amount, it helps to make all of the re-touching work that we've done here look much more natural, as you can see. Here is our before, and then there is the after. Now, if I zoom out a little bit so we can see how this fits into the overall image, what I can see, at least on my monitor, is that the photograph looks much better.
Now, there's other areas that we'd want to work on, so we could go ahead and work on those with these same exact settings. Again, it's that high feather amount, which is really giving this a nice, soft, natural look so that our re-touching looks its best. And you know what, on that note, as we can see our before and after, that wraps up this highlight of the new feature which we have here in the Spot Removal tool, which is the Feather Slider, which allows us to re-touch now and really control the edge detail, so that we can either have a harder or a softer edge.
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