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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
Another common problem with portraiture are flyaway hairs because they can be quite distracting, especially these really noticeable ones over here on the right-hand side. So in order to remove those, let's select the Spot Healing Brush and we'll zoom in using Cmd+Spacebar and then clicking and dragging. Then before we start removing these stray hairs, we need to make sure that we're on the right layer. If I click-and-drag right now, I'll be manipulating the Dodge and Burn layer. So on the Layers panel, let's scroll down.
I want to either be on the Background layer or on a copy of the Background layer. If I'm feeling fully confident, I could edit directly on the background but let's go ahead and make a duplicate of the background by using Cmd+ or Ctrl+J. Now that I have the Background copy, if I make any mistakes, I can always go back to the original background. So now I'll click-and-drag over the hair and you can see that Photoshop will remove that stray area and blend that area in with the background.
Now it might take a few different strokes sometimes in order to remove the hair, but if you just click-and-drag with the Spot Healing Brush over the same area multiple times, Photoshop will recalculate the adjustment. So I'll come down here and just remove this one and this one right here and this one coming farther out, and we can hold down the Spacebar to give us our Hand tool. We might want to remove this one as well. If I'm over a background like this, I can definitely try with the Spot Healing Brush, but sometimes I'll get that bleeding edge like I just got right there.
So I'll use Cmd+ or Ctrl+G and I'll move over to the Stamp tool by tapping the S key. We'll get a smaller brush using the Left Bracket ([). Hold down the Option or the Alt key to click my source point and then let go the Option or the Alt key and click and drag in order to remove that hair. If you get right on the border area like this, you want to reset the point from which it's going to sample, by holding down the Option key and clicking right on the scene between the shoulder and the hair, letting go of the Option key and then matching that up and then clicking and dragging to remove it.
To switch back to the Spot Healing Brush, we can tap the J key and then we can continue removing these stray hairs. It's up to you how many of the hairs you want to remove. Obviously, we could spend a long time going throughout the entire image removing these. So for now, I'm just going to remove a few of the more of the ones at the top here, come down to here. Again, if you do have a problem with these or if it's not looking quite correct, you can also switch over to the Stamp tool when you're retouching the hairs.
Opt+click to set your sample point and then use the Stamp tool, especially when you have a background like this that is really pretty similar in tone. You can just stamp those away, maybe get this one as well. Again, I'm just holding down my Option or my Alt key to change my sample point as I move around so that I'm sampling from different areas and then we can scoot down. It looks like I've got a spot here as well.
If I'd like to have a dust spot over here, we can grab that. So it's up to you whether or not you want to use the Healing Brush or the Stamp tool. The Healing Brush sometimes can get a little bit touchy when you're around other areas that have hair just because they can try to pull in the other hairs in order to make it blend. So, in fact, it might be easier if you have a nice background like this to just use your Clone Stamp tool.
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