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Lightroom 5 New Features

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Video: Spot Removal autoselection

In this movie, I want to highlight another new

Spot Removal autoselection

In this movie, I want to highlight another new improvement with the Spot Removal tool, and also want to share with you a few tips and tricks which will help you to use this tool even more effectively. Here, in this movie, you'll be working on a landscape photograph. Let's go ahead and zoom in on the picture by clicking on it. And what I want to do is, I want to remove a few of these little distracting elements, these poles which we have in the frame. To do so, we'll be working with the Spot Removal tool. Go ahead and click on the tool, in the Tool Strip, or press the q key to select it.

Now when we position our cursor over the image, we can see our Brush Overlay graphic. As we increase the Brush size, we can see more of that graphic. And as we increase the Feather amount, you'll notice that we have two concentric circles. I want to talk about this a little bit more, so for demo purposes just for a moment, I'm going to decrease the Exposure, here in the Basic panel to darken the photograph, so that we can actually see these Brush Overlay graphics. Now what do these graphics actually mean? Well, the center circle is showing us the area of the photograph which will be affected at full intensity.

Then the outer circle, that's where it's going to be diffused to that edge. That's the transition area, where it's going to become softer, where it's going to blend in. As we change our Feather amount, you can see that we can increase or decrease the area or that transition area that we're working on as we start to retouch away a blemish or distraction. Alright, well, now that we know a little bit about the Brush there, let's just go ahead and increase the Exposure so that we can see the overall image.

And, what I want to do, is start to take a look at how we can remove a distracting element. Say, like this element, here, which is part of this fence. Well, the Brush size is obviously too big. So, I can either decrease the Brush size by using the slider, we can decrease it this way. Or we can also do so by using some really helpful shortcuts. They're the same shortcuts that you use when changing either brush sizes here in Lightroom, or brush sizes in Photoshop. Tap the key, that will make your brush smaller.

Tap the key and that will make your brush bigger. What about the Feather? Well, to change the feather amount, just hold down the shift key, and then press shift + to increase the feather amount, shift + in order to decrease it. So those may be some handy shortcuts. Yet if you forget them, you can always just use these sliders here as well. Now when you're thinking about the size of the brush when you're retouching something, often what you'll need to do is have a little bit of a larger brush size than you actually think.

You have to keep in mind that you're just covering up that center area if we're going to paint over this. Yet, as we start to paint, the overlay graphic that we see here is a little bit bigger then what we're actually going to affect because there's going to be an area of transition. Now, when you let go of that, Lightroom will automatically select a sample area to try to remove the distraction. And in this case, it did a really good job. Now, the new feature or the new improvement with this, is that what you can do is tap the / key.

That's a slash which leans to the right. This will allow Lightroom to automatically sample an area to try to clean up or retouch away any kind of a distraction. And here as I tap this, you can see Lightroom's getting better or worse results sometimes as I start to press my / key. Yet, why this is an improvement is because this now works much better in regards to the auto sampling when you have areas of texture, say, like the bark of a tree or in this case, grass in a field.

It allows Lightroom to find those areas a little bit more effectively, in this case it's really lining things up nicely. Now, one of the only problems with this, is that, I see that one little shrub here is being repeated. Well, if you see a problem like that, you can always retouch on top of an area which has already been retouched. If the results don't look very good, tap the / key until you get a patch which looks a little bit better. And all that I'm trying to do is sort of hide my tracks so it's less noticeable, in regards to the area that I've worked on.

And here you can see, we now have two areas which we have retouched. All right, what about this guy over here? My brush is a little bit too big, so I'll tap the key a few times to make the brush smaller. And then just paint over that area. If the results aren't perfect from the get go, tap the / key and keep tapping that until it leads you to better results. As you can see here that now looks phenomenal. And of course you can always flip this switch to look at your before and your after.

Now in this case these details are pretty small so it may be difficult to see so you'll need to experiment with this with your own photographs on your own monitor and really see how this works. Yet, most importantly what I wanted to highlight here was how we can start to change our brush size and how we can do so either by using the sliders or by using the shortcuts. And also how we can take advantage of what's called Auto Selection by pressing the / key, which is the slash which leans to the right, in order to have Lightroom automatically select, or try to find an area, which will help us to better retouch away a distraction or a blemish.

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Lightroom 5 New Features

40 video lessons · 18215 viewers

Chris Orwig

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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
  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
    6. Dragging photos to saved Map locations
    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
  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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