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You may encounter some scenarios where you'll have multiple areas that you want to clean up like with this portrait. While I like this, let's say that what I want to do is really clean up the background here to make this a little bit more of a simple portrait. Well, let's start off by copying our background layer. We can do so by pressing Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on a PC then double-click the layer name and rename this c1 for cleanup 1. Next what we can do is press the M key to select the Marquee tool. I'm going to go ahead and make a selection over this area of the image.
Now, I want to remove all of these small little blemishes. So all that I need to do is hold down the Shift key and then simply click and drag around these different areas that I want to cleanup or for that matter remove. So I'm just going to go ahead and make my way around and highlight all these different little areas that I want to clean up. And one of the things that I'm trying to do is to keep my selection relatively close to the area that I'm working on. Now, if ever you make a mistake, as I've done so here, I've selected too much, hold down the Option key or the Alt key and then click and drag.
And you can subtract from the selection there. So once again if you hold down Option or Alt, that's subtract. Shift that's add. All right. Well, let's go ahead and continue to add to this. And I'll just hold down the Shift key here and slowly select all of these areas. And you can of course select larger areas. Let's go ahead and make a real large selection here on this side of the wall. Just clean up that altogether. All right. Well, once I've made all those selections, I'm going to zoom out a little bit so we can see them there and see if I hit everything.
Well, I think for the most part we got what we need to and just a couple of more selections. Well, next step is going to be to Content-Aware Fill all of these areas. We can do so by pressing Shift+F5 and then using Content-Aware and clicking OK. And what this will do for us is it will do a pretty good job of finding nice clean areas in order to clean up all of this content. Well, let's deselect. We can do so by navigating to Select, and then by choosing Deselect here.
And let's take a look at our before and after. Here we have before and now after. So this cleanup work which would have taken quite a bit of time is now really simplified with Content-Aware Fill.
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