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Removing spots from multiple photos


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Up and Running with Lightroom 3

with Jan Kabili

Video: Removing spots from multiple photos

If you've ever had the unfortunate experience of getting a dust spot on your camera sensor, I think you'll really appreciate this movie. I'm going to save you lots of time by showing you how you can quickly remove one spot on one photo and then synchronize that behavior across lots of photos so that a spot in the same place on lots of photos is automatically taken care of in Lightroom. Here's how it's done. I have four photos that are very similar, and if I go through them one by one, keep your eye on this area here, and you'll see that each of them has a dust spot there.

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Up and Running with Lightroom 3
2h 44m Beginner May 06, 2011

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In this course, Jan Kabili provides an approachable introduction to organizing, editing, and sharing photos in Lightroom. The course offers a quick-start approach to the basics, from importing photos from a camera or a hard drive, to managing photos in the Library module, to improving photos by adjusting exposure, recovering details from highlights and shadows, sharpening, and more. Jan also includes a look at popular Lightroom features for sharing photos: exporting, printing, and creating slideshows.

Topics include:
  • Understanding Lightroom catalogs
  • Importing photos from multiple sources
  • Organizing photos with ratings, keywords, and collections
  • Working with virtual copies
  • Making basic corrections to photo color and tone
  • Making local photo edits with the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter tools
  • Removing spots from multiple photos at once
  • Reducing digital noise and sharpening
  • Cropping and straightening
  • Printing and exporting edited photos
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Lightroom Lightroom
Author:
Jan Kabili

Removing spots from multiple photos

If you've ever had the unfortunate experience of getting a dust spot on your camera sensor, I think you'll really appreciate this movie. I'm going to save you lots of time by showing you how you can quickly remove one spot on one photo and then synchronize that behavior across lots of photos so that a spot in the same place on lots of photos is automatically taken care of in Lightroom. Here's how it's done. I have four photos that are very similar, and if I go through them one by one, keep your eye on this area here, and you'll see that each of them has a dust spot there.

So there is the first photo, here is another one with a similar spot, a third and a fourth. I'll go back to that first one, and I'm going to remove the spot from that one using another of Lightroom's local adjustment tools, and that's the Spot Removal tool. This tool is here in the Develop Tools panel. I'll select it, and that opens the small panel. Here the only thing I need to do is make sure that Heal is selected, because this technique works best when Lightroom uses the Heal option to blend the repair that it's going to make on this photo with the other pixels around it.

Then I'll move into the image and I'll put the brush tip just around that dot. If you can't see it from so far back, you're welcome to zoom in. I'm going to make my brush tip just big enough to surround the dot. To do that, I'm going to press the Left Bracket key on my keyboard and each time I press the target circle of the Spot Removal tool, it will get a little smaller. Now, if you need to make that circle a little larger, then press the Right Bracket key, which is right next to the Left Bracket key on the keyboard. Now, I'm just going to click-- I'm not going to click and drag-- because when I click, then Lightroom goes out and finds what it thinks are the best pixels to repair this problem.

In this case, it is circling the best pixels right over here and it copied those and laid them down on top of the dust spot and then blended everything together. I'll move my mouse out of the window so you can see that it really is a very good repair. Now, to automatically synchronize that repair with all the other photos that I have with the same dust spot. Let me zoom out again, and I'm going to go down the filmstrip, and I'm going to make sure all four of these photos are selected. I'll click off of them so you can see what they look like when they're not selected.

Then I'll click on the one that I fixed, which is this one, and then I'll hold down the Shift key and I'll click on this last photo right over here. Now notice that the photo that I repaired has a wider cell around it than the other photos. That means that it is the most selected one because I selected it first, and that means that it's the one from which the repair will be synchronized to all of the other selected photos. So now I'm going to go back into the Develop module and go down to the bottom of the right panel group, and notice that what used to be the previous button has changed to the Sync button.

That's what happens when you make a selection of multiple photos. So I'm going to click Sync, and when the Synchronize Settings dialog box opens, I doubt what it have all of these primitives checked. The only thing that I want to synchronize is this, Spot Removal. So I'll check None, and then I'll come out and put a check mark next to Spot Removal. And now I'll click Synchronize, and this is when the magic happens. It didn't take very long. I go back down to the filmstrip, and let's go through these photos one by one. So here's the photo that I corrected, and you remember the spot is in this area over here.

It's gone from this photo too. The spot is gone from this photo and the spot is gone from this photo. Success! And it certainly didn't take as long as spotting each photo one by one. So that's how to use the Spot Removal tool with the automatic Synchronize feature in Lightroom 3.

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