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In my opinion, there is nothing better than getting up before the sun rises and getting out there and watching the sunrise and watching it just illuminate a scene. When I captured this image up in Lake Tahoe, I wasn't really paying attention to my lens. I didn't notice that I had some problems or some dust on my lens. If we zoom in on the image, we'll see some of those problem areas. For example, we can see the little piece of dust here or up here in the sky. Well, in one order to remove little problem areas like that, we can of course go to our Healing tools.
Healing tools work really well. For example, Spot Healing Brush. Simply click on those areas, and because the surrounding area is so good, it's going to remove those without a lot of effort or pain or agony. Now, if get down to areas like this, where we have this spot or these down here or this one in here, what we're probably going to want to do is create a new layer. So, I'm going to click on the New Layer icon. I'll name this one c1 for cleanup 1. Next, we want to be sure to turn on this check box, Sample All Layers.
What this will allow us to do is to sample or clean up this area and place it on the new layer. For example, here you can see it just added this little patch right here. What that patch did for me was, successfully remove that small spot. Now again, so far this tool is working fine, but what about if I zoom in here to where I have this little problematic area, right there? How can I remove that? Well, if I try to use the Spot Healing tool, what's going to happen is it's going to bleed in from below and also from above.
So, in that case, I'm going to need to use the Healing Brush. What we can do with the Healing Brush is even if our brush is pretty big, we can Option+Click and then just make sure we have some decent alignment in regards to the alignment of the mountain and also the clouds above. Then we can remove that. So, it works even in areas of contrast. Now if you need to clean up your horizon a little bit, no big deal. You can always do that. Well, go ahead and make a smaller brush here and I'm just going to Option+Click and bring over a little bit of that horizon. I can clean that up as well, or as needed. I can change it too if I want to change the height of that a little bit as well.
Again, here we have our before, and then after with a nice cleaned up horizon as well. So, one of things to keep in mind is that if you have an area of contrast, you just want to honor it and if you follow that line, you can really do some good healing. What doesn't work, for example, is if you sample an area and then heal near an area of contrast. That's where the bleeding takes place. All right. Well, let's zoom out a little bit and see how our cleanup work is going. So far so good. I'm just going to Option+Click over here on a Mac, Alt+Click on a PC to set my sample area, and then paint away these few other little blemishes and make my way through this photo, just removing those small blemishes there, a couple little twigs in the lake, and remove all that, make sure this looks as good as possible.
A lot of this cleanup work, what you're going to do is simply pan around the images as I'm doing so here. You're going to pan by pressing the Spacebar key and clicking and dragging. Then you're also going to want to change your zoom rate quite often, zooming in to focus in on details, like we have a little detail area right here, and you want to retouch that and then of course zoom out to make sure it looks good when you look at the image in its entirety. All right. That wraps up our work on this photo.
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