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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
When capturing images in a studio, many times there will be elements that we'll need to retouch or remove out of the background, like we can see here in this image. One of the things I want to do is just clean up some of these background elements, this chair and also this light stand here. We can do that by using the Spot Removal tool. And before we go there, let's go ahead and simply press the I key, and then let's click in the background in order to neutralize that colorcast. All right. That looks better. Well, now that we've corrected the color, let's then begin our Spot Removal work. Now a lot of times you want to do that, just so the image is in a good place, and then you can go on to get into some of these details.
We will press the B key to select the Spot Removal tool. Currently the option I have here is Clone, so I am going to go ahead and hover over this chair and click and drag out to make a shape around the size of this chair. Next, I'll drag this sample point out to a nice, clean area. And in Photoshop typically we think of using cloning when covering something up. But here we can see that it kind fades out over the edges. Simply change that to Heal, and it's going to look great. Next step is going to be to simply click and drag over this little area.
And then to work on the top corner, we will click and drag over the entirety of that area, and make sure we get all the way up to the top there, and then sample a nice clean area here, if we can find one. I am going to go ahead and just try to find an area. Right about there I think will work. Okay, press the V key to hide those circles, or those overlays. Next, press the P key. Here we have it: our before and then after.
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