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I'm all in favor of using the easiest approach possible, as long as that approach isn't compromising the results. And that's certainly true when it comes to Image Cleanup. I'm surprised sometimes to see photographers making tremendous efforts to clean up a blemish. When they don't have to work very hard a tall to get rid of the area that they don't like in a photo. in this case I have two areas that I'd like to remove or clean up in this image. First of course is up at the top, we can see the roadway and some cars parked. And I'd certainly like to get rid of that, and even over on the left there's a liitle blemish a little bright spot on the trunk of the tree. And to me that's a bit of an eye catching area that I want to remove, so that it doesn't draw your eye away from the main subject.
Which is the row of trees and of course the leaves and the shadows. In this type of situation the easiest approach is to simply crop the image. I'll go ahead and choose the Crop tool from the toolbox. And all I need to do is grab the top left corner, and drag it downward enough that the cars and the roadway are no longer in the frame. And to the right enough that, that bright spot over on the left of the image is not included in the frame either. In Photoshop CS6 the Crop tool now automatically by default applies a nondestructive crop, and that's due to the Delete Cropped Pixels option being turned off.
This is a new setting in Photoshop CS6. And it's turned off by default. In previous versions, the default was that the area that you crop would be removed from the photo altogether. Unless you took steps to ensure that it was retained. So with this checkbox turned off, I can always get back to those pixels, if I decide my crop was less than ideal. In this case, though, the crop is pretty straightforward. I'll go ahead and click the Commit button in ordr to apply that crop. Notice that I no longer have a Background image layer, rather I have a layer Zero.
And all that means is that the Background image layer has been converted from an image thats rotected, to a normal layer that can be cropped. But again in this case, the cropping was actually done in a nondestructive way. If I decide later that I'd like to get all of those pixels back. I can simply got to the Image menu and then choose Reveal All. This will enlarge my canvas to reveal all of those pixels that are just lying outside the canvas. They were cropped sort of virtually, you might say. The canvas size was reduced in order to hide those pixels, but they're still there if I ever need to get back to them.
I'll go ahead though and choose Edit > Step Backward to go back to the cropped version of the image. And switching to the Move tool so we don't have that bounding box. You can see that now I have removed those blemishes simply by cropping the image. A very simple approach, so much, much easier than trying to clean up blemishes with the various Image cleanup tools in Photoshop. When all I really wanted, is to get rid of those areas of the photos. So, a very simple cropping of the image, can help us achieve our image cleanup goals with virtually no effort at all.
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