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Spot removal

From: Photoshop Artist in Action: Tim Grey's Photo Optimization Techniques

Video: Spot removal

Having process my RAW capture, I'm very happy with the initial result, but I'm not so happy with a dust spot. A very big dust spot down toward the bottom left corner, and so I definitely want to get rid of that spot very early in my workflow. I also notice as I pay closer attention to the image that there are some lesser dust spots throughout the sky so, I'll get rid of those in the same process. I want to work non-destructively, and soa I'm going to click on the Create New Layer button, the blank sheet of paper icon at the bottom of the layers panel. And then I'll rename the layer, so I know why I've added it to do so. I'll double click on the name of the layer.

Spot removal

Having process my RAW capture, I'm very happy with the initial result, but I'm not so happy with a dust spot. A very big dust spot down toward the bottom left corner, and so I definitely want to get rid of that spot very early in my workflow. I also notice as I pay closer attention to the image that there are some lesser dust spots throughout the sky so, I'll get rid of those in the same process. I want to work non-destructively, and soa I'm going to click on the Create New Layer button, the blank sheet of paper icon at the bottom of the layers panel. And then I'll rename the layer, so I know why I've added it to do so. I'll double click on the name of the layer.

I'll just type a new name. I'll call this Image cleanup, then press Enter or Return on the keyboard to apply that change. Next, I'll choose the spot healing brush tool, always my first choice when it comes to image clean up work in Photoshop. In large part because it offers a content aware option that generally provides very good results with minimal effort. I also need to make sure that the Sample All Layers check box is turned on, since I'm working on a separate layer from my background image layer. With those settings established, I'll move my mouse out over the image and I'm going to start off by zooming in on that really problematic dust spot down below.

I'll increase the size of my brush and then paint over that spot and we get a very good result. I'll then zoom back out and now I'm going to zoom in on additional areas of the photo Photo, mostly the sky of course, looking for those dust spots. I can adjust the brush size again as needed, using the left square bracket key to reduce the brush size and the right square bracket key to increase the brush size. And then I'll click on each of those dust spots and in most cases I'll think you'll find that with the spot healing brush tool It does a very good job of resolving these sorts of basic dust spots. It's important to pan through the entire image, and it's generally best to do that in a somewhat organized fashion.

So I'll pan all the way across the topmost portion of the image. Looks like we might have had an airplane or something up in the sky there, so I'll get rid of that as well and pan all the way over to the left side. There's another little dust spot, and once I get to this edge of the image, then I will pan the image up and continue working across the scene. It can be very helpful to observe the image as it's moving because you will then be better able to see those dust spots as they pan across with the image.

And once again when I get to the other side, then I'll pan down the image just a little bit. Ultimately when I get into these more cluttered areas, you'll probably find that the blemishes are simply not going to be as obvious, and that means you probably don't need to spend too much clean up efforts in those areas, simply because the relative clutter hides those blemishes from view. I will get rid of that spot there, there's actually a couple of very small spots over on the edge of the photo. There we go. That takes care of it, maybe one more click right there, and I'll continue panning across the photo, checking for any blemishes.

In this case, mostly focusing on the waters, since that's a relatively smooth area. A little bit of a blemish there, and there's a bit of a spot there. I need to increase my brush size for that one, and maybe a little spot right there, and I'll continue panning across the water. Checking the entire area of the image making sure that I'm ending up with as pristine a final version as possible. But that looks to be taking care of everything, and so I'll go ahead and zoom back out, knowing at this point I have a much cleaner version of my image.

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