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In Lightroom 5, the Spot Removal tool can be used for more than just removing dust spots or other circular areas. You can use it to remove non-circular content by Clicking and Dragging with it, using it as a brush. So, I'm going to use the spot removal tool to try and hide not only these circular spots here. But also these non-circular reflections that you see in the glass here and here. And this crack in the glass, up here on the top left. So, I'll go over to the Toolbar, underneath the Histogram, and I'll click on the Spot Removal tool.
I'll leave all of the options at their default for now, and just to make sure that there aren't any hidden spot, I'm going to come down and check visualize spots. And then I'll drag the slider next to visual spots over to the right and we can start to see some of the imperfections here. Now there actually are more than I could see with my naked eye, but I'm just going to concentrate for now on the ones in this area on that crack. So, here I've got some spots that I can probably hide with a Circular approach to the Spot Removal tool. So I'll just hover over one of these spots, making sure that my brush tip is a little bigger than that spot, and click.
And I'll do that with this spot too. So as you can see, I can do my Spot Removal right here inside of the visualize spots mask. And if I want to move any of these source areas, I can just Click and Drag to a different area. There's also a little spot up here that I can now see, and on here too. Now let's exit the mask by unchecking Visualize Spots. What I want to do now is to use this tool to try to hide this crack in the glass here. So, I'm just going to come up to the top of that crack.
I'll make sure that my brush tip is a little bit bigger than the width of the crack. I'll use the right and left bracket keys on my keyboard to size the brush tip. Pressing the left bracket key once will make that brush tip smaller, and then I'm going to click and drag over that crack in the glass. When I release my mouse, you can see that there are now two marks on the photo. The one at the right is the patch and the one at the left is the source area that's being used to make that patch. If I move my cursor off of the image, that hides those overlays for a moment so we can see the results.
And that's pretty good. Now, if you get a patch that isn't matching correctly, you can move the source area. I'll hover over the pin on the left and then I'll Click and Drag when my cursor changes to a hand. And now I'm sampling pixels from a slightly different area of the sky. I'll move my cursor off so you can see the result. I'm needing to tweak that one more time so I'm going to move that up there, great. So now let's go over to the right-hand window where there are some reflections that I'd like to remove. I'll just click and drag over this reflection and this one, removing this non-circular content by just brushing over it. Now here I've got a reflection that a relatively straight line across the glass.
When you do get a straight line like this sometimes a telephone wire might be straight for example then you can try this technique. I'm going to click on 1 side of that reflection and then release my mouse. And then I'm going to come over to the other end of that reflection, hold down the Shift key and Click. And that creates a patch in a straight line. I'll move my cursor out of the image, so that we can see what a great job that did of patching. Not only the spots, but also the areas where I brushed with the Spot Removal tool.
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