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Retouching and removing content

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Video: Retouching and removing content

When you want to do more than basic retouching to a portrait, or remove or even move content in a photo, then Photoshop is the place to be with your images. Now there are some retouching features in Lightroom itself. For example, if I switch over to the Develop Module for a minute, you'll see that there is a Spot Removal tool here, and this comes in really handy if you have a spot on your lens or on your sensor that appears in the same place on multiple photos. You can use the Spot Removal tool to come into the image and make your brush a little bigger than the spot you want to remove by using the bracket keys on your keyboard, and then click, and the spot will be covered up with pixels that are sampled from a nearby circle.

Retouching and removing content

When you want to do more than basic retouching to a portrait, or remove or even move content in a photo, then Photoshop is the place to be with your images. Now there are some retouching features in Lightroom itself. For example, if I switch over to the Develop Module for a minute, you'll see that there is a Spot Removal tool here, and this comes in really handy if you have a spot on your lens or on your sensor that appears in the same place on multiple photos. You can use the Spot Removal tool to come into the image and make your brush a little bigger than the spot you want to remove by using the bracket keys on your keyboard, and then click, and the spot will be covered up with pixels that are sampled from a nearby circle.

So if you do have a spot in the same place on multiple images, you can do this sort of thing on a single image and then with that single image selected, select some others in the Filmstrip as well and then click the Sync button to apply that spot removal correction to all the selected photos at once. Beyond the Spot Removal tool, there's a Red Eye tool for correcting red eye from flash, and of course there's an Adjustment brush and you can do some local correcting with that. But when you want to do serious retouching of portraits, or you want to move or eliminate content in a photo, as I said, take the photo into Photoshop.

I'm going to go back to the Library. If you want to take more than one image over to Photoshop at a time, not using one of the special commands but just the Edit in Photoshop command, then you need to select the photos in the Library, not in the Develop module filmstrip. So I will select both these photos and then I'll go to the Photo menu and choose Edit In > Edit in Photoshop. That opens the two images in separate tabs in Photoshop. So what I would like to do is move this bird a little bit away from this fellow's hand. When I was here shooting, the birds were actually getting in fights and they were doing it right on the fellow's hand.

I'll zoom in a little so you can see that better, and then I'm going to go to the Spot Healing Brush Tool, and click and hold, and from the fly-out menu, I'm going to choose the Content-Aware Move Tool. Up in Options Bar I'll make sure that the mode is set to Move and not to Extend. I'll leave the Adaptation formula at Medium. And I'm going to go over to the Layers panel and make a new layer but clicking the Add new layer button. I'll call this the heal layer because this is where I'm going to do the healing of the image. And with that layer selected, I'll make sure that Sample All Layers is selected in the Options Bar, so that Photoshop samples the pixels that it's going to use to make this change from the layer below, the layer with the photograph, but the results will be up here on the healing layer and that will give me more flexibility after the fact to change my mind and maybe delete that later.

So with the Content-Aware Move Tool, I'm going to make a selection around the bird and I'm just going to draw a freehand selection. Now you don't have to use this tool to make a selection, you could use any of the other tools. I found though, that you get better results if you create a selection that includes some of the backdrop, that isn't real tight against the object that you want to move. So the Quick Selection tool, for example, or the Magic Wand, makes too tight of a selection. When you're done drawing your selection, then with the Content-Aware Move Tool, click inside the selection and drag.

You don't want to drag too far, this feature works best if you just drag a short way. So the bird did move and the area where he used to be is covered with other pixels. But if you look closely, you'll notice that there's something wrong with its tail, it's kind of truncated. If that happens, then don't deselect, leave the selection active and go up to the Adaptation menu in the Options bar for this tool and change it to another option. So perhaps Strict or Very Strict will do a better job, you just have to try and see what happens. I'm going to choose Very Strict, and in just a moment the tail has reappeared and the move was successful.

I'm going to press Cmd+D, that's Ctrl+D on the PC, to deselect. Now if you find that there's a little bit of residue, something that you need to fix, just go back and get the Patch tool or the Healing Brush tool or maybe the Clone Stamp tool and you can fix a small area that didn't come out just right. And remember that the patch that we just made is on that second layer, the heal layer, so we can always throw this away and start again. Now let's look at this other image that we opened. This is your typical situation where you are just about to take a shot and someone, or in this case, something, comes into your image.

So I want to get rid of this bird, I'm going to use another tool to do that. I think the Patch Tool will be most successful, it often works the best of the healing tools when you are trying to eliminate content at the edge of a photo. I'll go back to Content-Aware Move Tool and I'll select the Patch Tool. I'll make a selection around the bird using the Patch Tool, I could use any of the selection methods for this, the Patch Tool is a free-form drawing tool, just like the Content-Aware Move Tool or the Lasso Tool. Now I'm going to make a new layer on which to put the healing pixels. I'll go to the bottom of the Layers panel and I'll click Create new layer.

With that new layer selected, I'll just double check the options for the Patch tool. I want Source to be enabled, and I want the Patch menu to be set to Content-Aware, not Normal. This will make it work much better. And I'll make sure that Sample All Layers is checked, so that Photoshop will also look at the background layer, the layer with the photo on it. So now I'll click inside of the marching ants and I'll drag over some pixels and I get a preview of which pixels I'm selecting inside of the patch. So I want to get something that's likely to match here.

We'll try this. I'll release my mouse and Photoshop covers that area where the bird was with the pixels that I selected. I'll press Cmd+D or Ctrl+D to eliminate the marching ants. And that's a pretty good patch. If you find that you have some edge showing and you want to cover that up, you can use one of the healing tools, like the Healing Brush tool or the Clone Stamp tool, to blend that in a little bit. So those are two of the retouching tools in Photoshop. Let's go back to Lightroom with these images. I'll press Cmd+S or Ctrl+S on the PC to save this image, and then I'll click on the tab of the first image and do the same thing, Cmd+S or Ctrl+S. I'll close both images and go back to Lightroom.

Here is the image where I moved the bird. He started here in the raw file, and he ended up here in the TIFF that was created from the raw file. And over here, the original image with the bird on the right, and the derivative TIFF without the bird. So those are a couple examples of how you can use the sophisticated retouching tools in Photoshop to move content or to remove content in your photos.

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Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

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  1. 10m 38s
    1. Welcome
      36s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 4s
    3. Why use Lightroom and Photoshop together?
      5m 58s
  2. 16m 37s
    1. Setting Lightroom preferences for editing in Photoshop
      6m 20s
    2. Setting file naming preferences in Lightroom
      4m 27s
    3. Maximizing PSD compatibility in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    4. Matching color settings
      1m 10s
  3. 24m 25s
    1. Passing raw files from Lightroom to Photoshop
      8m 17s
    2. Handling mismatches with Open Anyway
      6m 21s
    3. Handling mismatches with Render using Lightroom
      4m 43s
    4. Updating your software
      5m 4s
  4. 19m 41s
    1. Passing non-raw photos from Lightroom to Photoshop
      4m 9s
    2. Choosing Edit a Copy With Lightroom Adjustments
      5m 26s
    3. Choosing Edit a Copy
      3m 59s
    4. Choosing Edit Original
      3m 34s
    5. Revisiting edits
      2m 33s
  5. 17m 9s
    1. Creating presets for editing in Photoshop
      4m 51s
    2. Passing photos to Photoshop with presets
      4m 48s
    3. Creating presets for editing in Elements
      3m 4s
    4. Passing photos to Elements with presets
      4m 26s
  6. 10m 44s
    1. Sorting and stacking edited photos in Lightroom
      5m 1s
    2. Synchronizing metadata between Lightroom and Bridge
      5m 43s
  7. 56m 22s
    1. Building a panorama with Lightroom and Photoshop
      6m 57s
    2. Creating an HDR image with Lightroom and Photoshop
      5m 51s
    3. Creating a Photoshop Smart Object from Lightroom
      6m 32s
    4. Opening as layers in Photoshop from Lightroom
      4m 47s
    5. Applying photographic filters
      5m 33s
    6. Photo compositing
      7m 30s
    7. Making precise local corrections
      5m 28s
    8. Retouching and removing content
      6m 36s
    9. Enhancing photos with text and graphics
      7m 8s
  8. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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