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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
So far we have started to discover that the Healing Brush works really well, yet it has a little bit of a tricky time with areas of contrast and also where we have areas that are along different types of edges. So that will be helpful to take a look at one more instance where we can use this brush, so we can really deconstruct how we can work around edges or areas of contrast. Let's zoom in on this photograph of the Bay Bridge here and as we zoom in one of the things that you will notice is that there are some pieces of dust, which will be easy to remove.
So let's go ahead and create a new layer and actually let's do that by way of a shortcut. Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC, name that cleanup1. Next press the J key to select the Healing Brush, or you can click on it here in the Tools panel right there. Next, I am going to go ahead and make my brush a little smaller, hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, and simply remove some of these small little pieces of dust here and also remove this area along the edge. So I will go ahead and make that nice and clean there.
Well what about these areas where there is a piece of dust in between the two cables or right next to the cables? What are we going to do? Well what you can do in situations like this is make your brush a little bit bigger and then just go ahead and make sure you have some nice alignment. In other words, Option+Click right here along those cables, bring that cable in, so that it's aligned with the background there, and voila! Here is our before and then after. We are able to really successfully bring that in because we have followed or we honored the alignment.
Let's see that in another scenario. In this case, I will make my brush a little bit smaller and I will go ahead and hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, and then I am going to bring that cable up and then click right there and I will be able to successfully remove that little blemish that was on the cable in this position. So again, whenever you have areas of really high contrast or when you have edge detail, simply follow that edge and try to reposition the content, so that it recreates it so you can have a real clean before and then after.
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