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Removing small problems

From: Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

Video: Removing small problems

When doing Image Retouching, oftentimes you'll want to clean up just little tiny things, like moles, and acne, and freckles, or whatever else on a face. Or in this case, we have little bits of dog food or what we certainly hope is dog food on the carpet. And it's kind of challenging to get rid of because we have this carpet texture. And the carpet is brighter here, and a little bit darker here. So, it presents a challenge when getting rid of this. So, Photoshop has this amazing tool to get rid of this stuff really quickly and easily.

Removing small problems

When doing Image Retouching, oftentimes you'll want to clean up just little tiny things, like moles, and acne, and freckles, or whatever else on a face. Or in this case, we have little bits of dog food or what we certainly hope is dog food on the carpet. And it's kind of challenging to get rid of because we have this carpet texture. And the carpet is brighter here, and a little bit darker here. So, it presents a challenge when getting rid of this. So, Photoshop has this amazing tool to get rid of this stuff really quickly and easily.

And if we click down here on the little band aid, we want to choose the Spot Healing Brush tool. Now, be careful that you're not choosing the Healing Brush tool, which is just the band aid. We want the Spot Healing Brush tool, which is like a band aid plus a little elliptical marquee or something. I'm not exactly sure what that is. But it looks like this is called the Spot Healing Brush tool. And so, we have this little brush and what I'm going to do is I'm going to paint on the blemish and paint a little bit outside the blemish, and make sure the entire blemish is also covered all the way.

And then, once I let go of my mouse, boom, it's gone. Photoshop looks at the texture outside of that painted area and blends it into what I just painted. I can even do two at once. Watch this. (audio playing) Paint over those, and gone. Watch this. I'll try even a line of dog food, and see how Photoshop does with this crazy selection area there and let go, and boom, gone.

And there might be some artifacts left over, so what you could do is just kind of paint over the artifacts if things aren't looking perfect because this is a really tough job that Photoshop is doing. I mean, it's kind of guessing by pulling textures in from around where the blemish is to blend it in. So, it might not be perfect, so you might need to go through and just kind of touch it up a little bit if you see any hard edges. But all in all, this is an amazing tool for getting rid of small blemishes.

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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

43 video lessons · 10183 viewers

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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