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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.
Here we are going to continue to take a look at how we can use the Spot Removal tool. In particular, we are going to take a look at how we can clean up the background. So let's go ahead and press the B key in order to select the Spot Removal tool. And then as you remember, what we do here is we simply hover over an area that we want to work on. We click and drag to extend out from the middle. That will then create an auto sample point. In this case, I need to reposition this, kind of line that up to remove that little spot. All right. We are going to go ahead and do the same thing over here, click and drag to remove this little spot, and just slowly make my way through removing some of these smaller spots.
Now once I've gotten through some of the smaller spots, I want to go big. And I want to deal with this issue right here. At first almost always you have to start small, because you want make sure you have some good clean sample areas to work on. So again, just clicking and dragging and then repositioning the area that's selecting from. Press the V key to hide all those circles. That looks good. Press to V key again to bring them back, and only a couple of more areas that I want to work on here. And I am almost ready to work on the bigger issue. I will go up here.
This is a bigger problem. How I'll do this is click and drag from the middle. You're noticing that I am hovering over that line. Then I am going to reposition that, so that that line starts to straighten up. What I need to do is to raise this up and keep raising it up until I see that right there on that line there. And I'm just going to go back and forth until I find just the right spot for that. I can also move this one as well, as needed. That will sometimes help bring it right into the correct spot there. All right. That looks good. Press the V key to hide all that.
So far so good. Press the P key. Here is our before, now here is our after. All right. Well, that's easy, but what about some of these bigger issues, like this guy right here. Well, I could try to click and drag out from the middle point and select the whole thing. If I did that, what would happen is I would need to have a really good sample area. For example, the default of sampling him doesn't work, let's say this concrete wall over here. When I try that, I'm now introducing a new line, because it's sampling that line and bringing it over.
Well, maybe if I try cloning, that will work. Well, it doesn't. It just kind of fades it out. I'll need to make this area even bigger. Well, how then can I tackle this? But what I can do is with this retouching area selected, I'll hit the Delete key in order to delete that particular adjustment. Next I am going to go ahead and click and drag over this, and I am going to work on one part of this right here. I am going to go ahead and choose Heal. That will bring this out a little bit more. And I'll sample over here, again just paying attention to this line. I am going to get those to line up, so I have that continuity right there.
And I can, of course, increase my size of that area, if I need to. Hover over the edge and make that even bigger, just to remove a bit more of that. Next, I'm going to work on the bottom hallf, down here. Again, click and drag out from that center point. And I want to sample a nice, big, huge area there, and then bring this sample area over this area. Because I retouched that one blemish out, this is going to look a little bit more clean. It's already looking much better. All right. Well, let's take a look at how we are doing. You can go ahead and press the V key to hide all of those.
And for the most part, we did a pretty good job. There is a little bit of a problem area, little bit of a darkening effect there. But we could then correct that with another tool like the Adjustment Brush. For the most part, I think we got this out. Let's take a look at this, press the P key, here is our before. And then press the P again. There is our after. So as you can see, you can really use this Spot Removal tool to clean up your images in some unique ways.
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