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Removing distractions

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

Video: Removing distractions

At this stage in our workflow I want to take a look at how we can clean up some small problems or blemishes in our photograph. And you want to do this here, after you've dialed in your Color, and Exposure and Contrast, etcetera, because that will then determine what type of problems you have so you can then identify those more clearly. All right, well in order to work on some small details in this picture I need to zoom in. To do that we can go ahead and select the Zoom tool. One way to zoom in on the picture is to click-and-drag, if we want to zoom in on the face click-and-drag over that area, then let go and it will zoom into that area in this window.

Removing distractions

At this stage in our workflow I want to take a look at how we can clean up some small problems or blemishes in our photograph. And you want to do this here, after you've dialed in your Color, and Exposure and Contrast, etcetera, because that will then determine what type of problems you have so you can then identify those more clearly. All right, well in order to work on some small details in this picture I need to zoom in. To do that we can go ahead and select the Zoom tool. One way to zoom in on the picture is to click-and-drag, if we want to zoom in on the face click-and-drag over that area, then let go and it will zoom into that area in this window.

In doing that I notice there is a small little skin variation that I want to get rid of. In order to get rid of that we can use what's called the Spot Removal tool, you can select that by pressing the B key or by clicking on this icon here. Next, in order to work with this tool we need to change our brush size. Let me actually zoom in a little bit further here on this image so that you can see this a bit more clearly. All right, well now that we can see that blemish, here I am going to press the Left Bracket key to change my brush size. One of the ways that you can work with this tool is simply by clicking on the blemish.

In doing that it all of a sudden creates these two little circles here. Let me make these bigger by clicking-and- dragging on the edge of one of the circles. Well why then do we have a red and a green circle? Well you want the red checkered circle here to cover up the blemish, the green you want to then to reposition to an area or tone which is similar to the area that you're working on. Next, you can then reposition that again so that it's covering that up with new content. We can either remove this blemish with Clone or with Heal.

Now in certain situations you'll find that certain techniques will work better. With this little blemish on the face healing works a ton better. Next, if you just want to reduce a blemish rather than remove it completely you can decrease the Opacity. In this way it will be a little bit more subtle, just kind of taking that back a bit. All right, well there is another blemish that I notice in this picture. And let's go ahead and take a look at that. Press the Spacebar key and then click-and-drag. We are going to move this image down to this right side over here. I notice there was a little string coming off of the jersey.

I want to get rid of that string, so rather than just clicking on it, this time what I am going to do is go ahead and click-and-drag, in doing that you can see I'm creating this sample area. I'll click-and-drag to make this nice and big and then let go. Here it's going to try to choose a nice area for me to correct this problem. My red and white checkered circle isn't in the right place so I will move that down a little bit. Next, the line that it created it just doesn't look good at all. So I will click-and-drag this to a new spot and I will bring this up top to see if it might give me a better line.

Now in doing this I can see that the lines getting to be a little bit better but I'm getting this strange kind of bleeding and smudging in, I also have this low Opacity so let me crank that up so we can see how this looks at 100%. Well now here we can see this did a pretty good job. And sometimes what you'll find is you need to change your Opacity. In other situations you may need to change the type of Spot Removal that you're doing. With certain areas like with this area here, again we found that healing works better than cloning. So just experiment a bit and you'll start to see how these two options work.

Well, now that we have successfully cleaned up this photograph, removed these small little blemishes using the Spot Removal tool. The next thing I want to do is zoom back out, so I can see the whole photograph. To do that you can double-click on the Hand tool, when you double-click on the Hand tool it changes your zoom rate to a view so that you can see the entirety of the photograph inside of this window. All right, well now that we've worked on some specific small details, let's take a look at some other details in this photograph.

In particular let's explore how we can work with sharpening this photograph and also how we can reduce some of the noise in this picture and let's do that in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 36s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 21s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 28s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 35s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 54s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 9s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 48s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 32s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 24s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 49s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 33s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 10s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 32s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      40s

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