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Making linear and free-form corrections

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Now that we've covered some of the basic new features that we'll encounter with the Spot Removal tool, here is where we can dig a bit deeper and here is where things get interesting, because in this movie I'm going to show you my favorite new features that we'll encounter with this tool. You know in certain situations we need to remove small little blemishes. In other situations we have a larger area that we need to work on, perhaps we have this area right here. We have this exhaust line from an airplane. It's a straight line and I want to remove it.

Making linear and free-form corrections

Now that we've covered some of the basic new features that we'll encounter with the Spot Removal tool, here is where we can dig a bit deeper and here is where things get interesting, because in this movie I'm going to show you my favorite new features that we'll encounter with this tool. You know in certain situations we need to remove small little blemishes. In other situations we have a larger area that we need to work on, perhaps we have this area right here. We have this exhaust line from an airplane. It's a straight line and I want to remove it.

And often we'll have straight lines like power lines right across the background of our photographs and they're difficult to remove until now. And here is how. What we can do is use this Spot Removal tool in combination with the shortcut in order to make linear adjustments. Let me show you what I mean. First we want to select the tool. Next what you need to do is to position your cursor over the area that you want to work on, in this case, this exhaust line. Next, change your brush size. You can do so by pressing the left bracket key to make it smaller, the right bracket key to make it bigger.

Typically, you want your brush to be just a bit bigger than the area that you're working on, then you click. First it's just a single click, then reposition your cursor, hold down the Shift key and click again. What Lightroom will do is it will connect the dots. As you can see here, it's completely removed that line from the image. Inn this way we can make linear adjustments to our photographs. What about those situations where something isn't a perfect straight line? In situations like that, say with this cloud here, one of the things that you could do is change your brush size and then just click and paint over that.

In doing that, you can create a freeform shape and here we can also move our source area in order to sample other areas. In this way, we can quickly move through our photograph and retouch different things by simply painting over the image. This really is revolutionary, because it will allow us to retouch our pictures in some pretty fascinating ways. Because this is so powerful, let's take a look at a few more examples so we can really see how we can start to use these features with this tool.

Here I'm going to click on another photograph. This is a portrait and one of things that I notice is that there is a distracting element, a pole in the background. So here I'll make my brush a little bit bigger by pressing the right bracket key. Then I'll click once, hold down the Shift key and click again. This will then connect the dots, it will create that straight line for me and here I can change the source area so I can sample another area to clean up the distraction in the wall if I need to. What about the shadow on the floor? Here we'll just click and paint over that and then again we can choose the areas so that the lines on the wood floor line up just right.

In this way, you can start to see how you can work on different parts of your photographs. Let's put together all of these different pieces and to do that we'll make our way to one more image and here I'm going to zoom out so we can see the image in its entirety. One of the things that I noticed about this fashion studio portrait is that the subject looks fine but the background is a little bit beat up. So let's select the Spot Removal tool, you can do so by clicking on it or right pressing the Q key. Next let's turn on Visualize Spots by pressing the A key or by clicking on this icon.

Here we see we have some problems in our background. We remember how we can fix those, click and drag or just simply click once. If you click once and as you're working on your photograph, if you notice that sample area isn't good, do you remember the shortcut to tell Lightroom to select a new area? Well that's the forward slash key (/). Here you can see it's selecting a new area for me in order to help me to retouch that part of the image. If these Visualize Spots view is too distracting as usually it is, just press the A key in order to go back to the regular view of the image.

In this way we can just start to click around our photograph and quickly make some improvements. But what about a linear area like the top of the image? Here we'll make our brush a little bit bigger, click once, hold down the Shift key and click again and viola! We cleaned up the top of the photograph. What about the side over here? In this case, we can just click and paint over the side portion of the photograph, in this way we can retouch that part of the image. With this example you can really start to see how some of these new features can really help you out.

Last but not least, what I want to do is hide all of the overlays because they are a bit distracting. To do that, press the H key. Next, I want to view the before and after, one way to do that is to press your back slash (\) key that will show you the before, press again that will show you the after. In doing that, I noticed that this edge right here isn't very good. Well, no big deal. We can always go ahead and make another adjustment. In this case what I'm going to do is just position my cursor over that little line there and paint across that again.

Again, you can retouch on top of areas that you've already retouched in order to clean things up further.

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Lightroom 5 New Features

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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 9m 28s
    1. Using the aspect-ratio crop overlay
      3m 25s
    2. Viewing your work in true full screen
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing the grid and guide overlays
      2m 36s
  3. 15m 55s
    1. Automatically leveling your photographs with Upright
      3m 47s
    2. Fixing perspective with Upright
      5m 43s
    3. Achieving great results in difficult situations using Upright
      6m 25s
  4. 17m 37s
    1. Applying more flexible and precise retouching
      4m 35s
    2. Removing large distractions
      3m 39s
    3. Making linear and free-form corrections
      5m 0s
    4. Spot Healing tips and shortcuts
      4m 23s
  5. 15m 52s
    1. Introducing the Radial filter
      5m 43s
    2. Radial filter tips
      4m 29s
    3. Using the Radial filter in your workflow
      5m 40s
  6. 23m 23s
    1. What is a Smart Preview?
      6m 36s
    2. The advantage of Smart Previews
      2m 48s
    3. How to generate Smart Previews
      5m 14s
    4. Filtering for Smart Previews
      3m 48s
    5. A real-world scenario with Smart Previews
      4m 57s
  7. 8m 11s
    1. Adding text with ease
      1m 51s
    2. Including page numbers
      1m 37s
    3. Identifying favorite page layouts
      1m 29s
    4. Creating custom page templates
      3m 14s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Building a slideshow with still images and video files
      4m 48s
    2. Playing slideshows with still images, video, and a soundtrack
      4m 14s
  9. 24m 39s
    1. A better way to import photographs
      3m 3s
    2. Using targeted collections with increased speed
      3m 38s
    3. Improvements with Smart Collections and Smart Filters
      2m 24s
    4. Adding direction metadata
      1m 20s
    5. Collection consistency
      54s
    6. Dragging photos to saved Map locations
      50s
    7. Importing and working with PNG files in Lightroom
      4m 22s
    8. Tethered capture shortcuts
      3m 59s
    9. Validating DNGs
      3m 12s
    10. Viewing LAB color values in the histogram
      57s
  10. 16m 29s
    1. Improved Spot Removal with feather control
      7m 38s
    2. Spot Removal autoselection
      5m 29s
    3. Better color noise reduction with smoothing
      3m 22s
  11. 5m 50s
    1. Lightroom for mobile
      5m 50s

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