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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.
The new Spot Removal tool features that we have encountered in this chapter have really shown us that this is a tool that we're going to integrate more frequently into our workflow. It's something that we're going to use more often. Therefore, in this last movie, what I want to do is highlight a few shortcuts and tips for working with this tool. Some of these will be review while others will be new. For starters, after we have applied some adjustments, let's take a look at our image. Here in this image you notice that we have different graphics or overlay icons. For all of the circle spots, we have a small light circle, for all of the brush areas we have a darker circle.
How can we remove one of those areas? Let's say that we retouched something and we decided that we want to delete what we've done. To do that, you can always click on one of those areas to activate it, then press Delete or Backspace. Another method that you can use is to hold down the Option key on a Mac or Alt key on Windows then hover over your image. You notice that that will give you the scissors icon. Then you can position the cursor over one of those icons and then click. So in other words, Opt+click or Alt+click will allow you to remove those points.
Another way to do this is to hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and then click and drag. This will allow you to create a marquee selection. Whatever areas you have selected underneath that marquee will then be deleted. Let's say that you want to delete everything, you want to take it all back to its original settings. In other words remove all of these adjustments you've made with this tool. Well, you can do that by simply clicking on the Reset button and that will then take away all of those blemishes. Next, what I want to do is zoom in on this photograph and here I'm going to zoom in on this photograph and talk a little about how we can remove this small blemish here.
Now we've already seen that one of the methods that we can use is to simply click. Now when we click, Lightroom automatically selects our source area in order to remove that small blemish. Let's delete that. Let's say that what we want to do is we want to define that source area ourselves. To do that, hold down the Cmd key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and then drag. In this way, you can see how I can select my own source area in order to bring that over to this area here. Now another way that we can do this is to change the way that this spot scales.
In other words, if you're on a Mac, press Cmd+Option, if you're on Windows, press Ctrl+Alt, then click and drag. In doing that, you can see that you can create a spot area, a circle spot, that scales from the center, let go and then it will automatically select that source area. Another method that you can use is to combine another shortcut key; press Cmd+Shift on a Mac, Ctrl+Shift on Windows and then click and drag and it will click and drag away from that little anchor point, and then again, auto select the area that it wants to work on.
Once you have one of these overlays, often they can be a bit distracting. Do you remember the shortcut to hide those? Press the H key, that will then show or hide those overlays. We're almost to the end here, just a couple of more shortcuts to highlight. The last two that I want to highlight have to do with creating linear adjustments. One of the things that we haven't talked about is that you can make a straight vertical or horizontal adjustment using this tool. The way that you do that is hold down the Shift key and then click and drag.
Here you can see I have a straight line, or on the other hand, hold down the Shift key and click and drag left to right and here you can see I have a horizontal line. In this way, sometimes that can help you when you're retouching something, where you need that straight line perfectly vertical or horizontal. Last, but not least, you can connect the dots by clicking then holding on the Shift key and clicking again. And in doing that, that will connect those dots. There were a lot of tips there, et I hope that by showing you those that those can help you to use this tool in even more effective ways.
If you feel like I was going too fast, it may be beneficial to go back and re-watch the movies in this chapter so that you can really pick up all of these techniques, because one of the things that I have found is that the new features with this tool really have made it more functional. I've started to use it more frequently in my workflow because this is definitely one of those new features that you want to learn and you want to learn it well so you can take full advantage of it.
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