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I don't know if you have ever had the problem where you're looking at one of your photographs and all of a sudden you notice a small blemish or distraction, and you just want to remove it with cloning or healing, yet you don't want to go don't want to go all the way to Photoshop. Well you don't have to. There is a tool which is called the Spot Removal tool which allows you to reduce and remove blemishes in a pretty interesting way. Let's take a look at how we can use that tool here with this photograph. Now before we actually begin I have to say this photograph, it just makes me laugh. I was on a photo shoot, and one of the guys who was helping out hopped into this boat and I just think it's kind of, it's kind of a funny picture. All right! Well here I'm going to grab my Zoom tool and next I'm going to click to zoom in on this little blemish or what I'm calling a blemish or distraction up here on the sail.
I want to get rid of this element. In order to do that I'm going to use the Spot Removal tool. To do that you can click on the Tools icon or you can press the B key. Next, what you might want to do is change your Brush size by clicking on the Radius slider. A bigger radius and you can see I have a bigger brush or click and drag to the left for a smaller brush. Next, we have the option to either Heal, which does some nice texture blending, or to Clone this content away. Then underneath this we have Opacity.
If you just want to reduce the blemish you can go ahead and decrease your Opacity, if you want to get rid of it completely, as I do here, crank this all the way up. Next, I'm going to hover over the blemish. Ideally you want your brush to be a little bit bigger than the blemish. My brush, it's not big enough. To change the brush size you can press your Right Bracket key that makes it bigger, Left Bracket key makes it smaller. You can also just use that Radius slider as well. Next what you're going to do is you're going to click on the blemish.
This will then create two circles. One circle, the red and white checkered circle should be covering the problem. The other circle the green and white that should be covering content that's good. It's going to bring this over here and cover it with that. In this case, it's bringing in a small little blemish, so I'm going to click and drag this to the other side so that it then has a nice area to sample from. And I don't know if you can tell, but my brush isn't quite big enough, it's not covering everything. So after the fact you can change your brush size either by dragging your Radius slider or if you hover over the edge of either of these sample areas the cursor will change.
When you see that change click-and-drag and you can make that bigger, and now here we have pretty successfully removed that little distracting element. All right, well now that we've done that we can look at our before-and-after. We can do so by clicking on this Preview icon, there is before, now here's after. Well let's say that we've retouched something like this and we actually want to delete the spot removal, how can you do that? Well all that you need to do is to click into it and then press Delete or Backspace and it will be gone.
Well now that it's gone, I want to show you another technique for working with this tool. In this technique, it's pretty interesting, what you can do is rather than just clicking on the blemish you can actually click-and-drag, and in doing that you can create a brush and a brush size when you click-and-drag. If you ever get this wrong, like say I've done here, well just go ahead and move your circles around until you get it in the right spot and then of course hover over those edges and increase the size of that brush so that it covers up all of the problem area.
Next, to exit this tool, just choose one of your other tools. We could click on the Zoom tool, in doing that we'll see that those circles will disappear and we've now exited from that tool. And this little distracting element as you can see here is now gone.
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