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Now that we have merged these two images together, let's work on cleaning up the background. To do that let's create a new layer, and let's create a new layer by way of a shortcut. This is a handy one. Press Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+ Control+N on Windows. This way we can name the layer while we create it. We'll call the layer cleanup and click OK. Next step, press the S key to grab your Clone Stamp tool. All that we are going to do here is simply Option or Alt+Click and then paint in the background over this transparent area, just to fill that in a bit.
Make the brush a touch bigger there, Option or Alt+Click, and then just go ahead and paint that in. We are just painting in the background. This background isn't perfect but this will be a nice starting point for us. Over here, I'll Option or Alt+Click far away, and that way I can then click and bring this in to paint over that background there. Nice! Make the brush nice and small, Option or Alt+Click, and just work on this little area, just clean up some of these little details at the bottom of the hand. Also Option or Alt+Click here and just clean up that little blemish that we're seeing. We're just looking to reduce and simplify anything that's distracting.
Next step, let's grab the Healing Brush. And with the Healing Brush we'll do the same thing where we Option or Alt+Click in order to set our source area. And then we just go through and we try to reduce any blemishes that we think are distracting. A lot of times there is a good idea to heal on top of the areas that you've cloned because that can bring in some nice texture and just help this look really good. All right, well so far so good. Our background is nice and clean. Let's evaluate. There is before and after. Well, the next thing I want to do is I want to have some flexibility with this highlight.
I might want to remove that. So let's create a new layer. Press Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+ Control+N on Windows and let's name this new layer highlight. Next step, click OK. Here what we'll do is use the Healing Brush once again. And with the Healing Brush we're just going to go and make sure we have all layers turned On so we can Heal or Clone to these new layers as we're doing this, and I'll make my brush a little bit smaller, Option or Alt+Click, and just look to try to bring out some of this highlight that we have here.
The great thing about this is because this is on a separate layer, it's not on our cleanup layer, we can then have some flexibility with this. Let me show you what I mean. Well we can remove this or bring back the highlight. We can also lower the opacity just to kind of take the edge off the highlight a little, in this case, maybe just tapping that down a bit or for that matter removing it all together. We can make that decision at any stage of our progress. All right, well here, we've accomplished our cleanup work. There is our before and after.
We're ready to now make some enhancements, in regards to the bullet, the overall color and tone. And we'll take a look at how we can do that next.
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