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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
Because working with the Spot Removal tool can be a little bit tricky, I thought it'll be helpful to show at least one more example with cleaning up something in the background. I'll go ahead and zoom in on my background a little bit. And as I zoom in on this, we can see that there are two people in the background. I want to remove those people, so that it makes it look like the beach is absolutely empty. So we can really focus in on this family. Well, let's press the B key to select the Spot Removal tool. Now what we are going to do is simply click and drag out. We are going to use the same approach we did last time, and that is going to be tackling this from two different sides.
So first I'll go ahead and try to line up my horizon there, or actually the edge of the ocean, remove that area. And of course, I can increase the size of this once I have that nice and lined up. We can see I'm removing more and more of those people there. Next, I'll go ahead and click and drag down in the lower portion of this image, and then I'll just make sure to line up the beach here. That's going to be tricky to get this perfect, and you're going to want to sample back and forth, in order just make this just right. Of course, you want to press the V key. That will then hide all of those circles.
Press the V key again. That will bring them back. Now in this case one of the things I'm realizing, I need to do a little bit more over here. I am just going to increase the size of that, just a touch there. All right. Well, I'll press the V key to hide all of those, and I will zoom out so we can see how we are doing. Now let's press the P key. here is our before and then our after, pretty clean and simple retouching. Now of course we could go on a little bit further and work on some of the other small details. For the most part, I think that works well, it removed a lot of those distractions that were there in the background. All right.
Well, the last thing that I want to do here, as long as we are working on this image, is I am going to go ahead and grab the Straighten tool. I am going to click and drag across the horizon. And then I'll press Enter and Return, and then straighten that out because that horizon wasn't straight. All right. Well, now that we have straightened this image out and cleaned up the background, it is complete. Nice work!
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