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Now that we know a little bit about the Spot Removal tool, let's take a look at removing a blemish, which is a little bit more complicated to get rid of with this portrait. One of the things that's distracting me is that there is this little background element that I didn't notice when I was capturing this picture, so I want to get rid of that, let's go ahead and double- click the Zoom tool to go to 100% then press the Spacebar key to click-and-drag, so that we can focus in on this little blemish right here, next, press the B key to select the Spot Removal tool.
One of the things that you know that you can do is you can click-and-drag over the blemish to create that sample area. Typically you want to have your cursor right over the center of the blemish and then click-and-drag out. Now in doing that one of the problems is, is that it's covering a little bit of the sweater. So as I make these different selections you can see it's kind of bleeding in on the sweater edge here. Well, here I'll go ahead and click-and- drag this up to try to have it cover a part of the sweater that might look a little bit better, but I can't really tell if this is working.
So what we need to do is to turn off these distracting overlay circles, the red-and-white checkered circle and the green-and-white circle. To do that you can press the V key or you can click on this icon right here. Well, now that I've done that I realize, gosh, this edge doesn't look very good at all, so I'll press the V key again and I'll increase my brush size. In doing that or increasing this brush size I'm starting to sample more of an area. Once again let's press V then let's click on our Preview button, here is our before, now here's our after.
And I don't know if you can see this, but it's sampling part of the sweater from another area except it's kind of in a circular shape, it's not really working very well. Well, we can correct this by changing our Spot Removal Type, here I'll go to Clone rather than Heal. Clone has a little bit of a softer edge to it and in doing that well that looks much better. Next I'll press the V key to turn my circles back on, and then I'm just going to change the overall brush size here a little bit more to make that a bit bigger, then I'll press V to hide those circles and then click on the Preview button or you can press the P key to see the before-and-after.
Let me zoom in a little bit closer on this area and I zoom in past 100%, but now you can start to see how we've removed that and also how we've kind of cloned something on top of another part of our image. And sometimes by doing that you can get rid of kind of a little tricky problem like we had there, and in this case I think it works well with this portrait. I'll zoom back out, next I'll click on my Preview button to view that before-and-after, and really the trick with this one was changing the Spot Removal Type.
Healing does a great job with texture, yet when it comes to edges the healing edge is a little bit stronger or harsher. On the other hand the cloning, what it does is, it has a softer edge which sometimes can create a nice smooth transition. So as you seek to retouch different elements in your photograph you want to experiment with these two different types of spot removal, so that you can then determine which type will work best.
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