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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
Let's continue to talk about cleaning up our photos. We will be working on these files corwig_clean_up_05. Double-click that one to open it up in Photoshop. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode and then let's zoom in. Command+Plus on the Mac and Ctrl+ Plus on the PC. We have this interesting photograph. I captured it while we were driving in to San Francisco. We were on a convertible and I was just firing away and I didn't even think to check if I had dust on my lens and I did. Bummer, right? Well, how do I fix that? Well, there are a few areas that will actually be pretty easy to fix and then a couple of other areas like this one right here or this little piece of dust over here is going to be tricky, right, because we have these cables. Well, the first thing that I want to do is create a new layer. I want to do that by way of shortcut. Shift+Command+N on the Mac; Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. It allows me to create a new layer with this dialog. I'll name this retouch or cleanup. All right, click OK.
Next, I'll press the J key to select my Healing Brush. Now if you don't have the Healing Brush, you can press J and then Shift+J. Notice you can toggle through the different tools there until you get that Healing Brush without anything else. You don't want any other icon with it, just a good old Healing Brush. Now we want to have our Healing Aligned, Sample the Current Layer, no, not at all, All Layers, we want to sample everything. All right, well change your brush size, left bracket key and what we are going to do here, is Option-click on the Mac/ Alt-click on the PC to sample good area. We now have this new preview, which is so good where we can see what we are actually retouching. Click and drag to reposition that and that looks pretty good. Option-click now above, click to remove that piece of dust.
Option-click on a Mac/Alt-click on a PC and slowly just make your way through and remove these small pieces of dust. Okay, well no big deal. Our before and after. We have definitely removed some of the dust. What about this guy right here? How I'm going to remove that? I'm going to make my brush size really big so we can see what's happening here. I'm going to Option-click on the Mac/Alt- click on the PC to sample that area. Now when I reposition this, you can see that I can actually keep this really well lined up. I can also have it off. Now if it's off, I'll click there, it's not going to work at all. So I Undo that. But if I have this lined up and this new preview allows me to line things up, I'll go back down and sample a new area.
Option-click on the Mac/Alt-click on a PC and now click; I can get that Alignment just perfect. Now because of the size of brush that I have, I also created a couple of little problem areas. So I'm going to Undo that, make my brush size much smaller, zoom in much closer. I want to do that in a larger view so you can see what's happening. I want to select as little as possible. I mean I don't want to select much of the Bridge. Just the cable. Option-click. I want it to be really close to the area that I'm correcting and reposition that and if I think that it's not going to work like I notice as I toggle to left and the right, I'm going to create a new layer.
So I'll click on a New layer icon and I'll name this dust 2 and then hover over that and then click to apply that and the next thing about having this on a new layer is I can Undo that or you can select the Move tool and then press the arrow keys to reposition this to new spots so that I can get it right on. The other thing that's nice about this is, I can actually lower the Opacity to this layer so that I'm just subtly removing that dust, taking the edge off of that and it's not tied to the other dust removal that I have done here. All right, well so far, so good. We see that we are starting to be able to remove that dust. I don't like what I did there. The healing didn't work for me. So what do I need to do? We need to do some cloning, right? So I'll select this layer and then Trash it, click on the new layer icon. I call this dust 2 again and grab the Clone Sample tool, nice, small brush, left bracket key.
Sample what? All the Layers, that's right and then I'll Option-click here and then reposition that and again, all that I'm looking to do is to try to get those exact pixels on top of it. Now you can see that, that looks much better or at least, I can see this. It looks much better. I know these movies get a little bit small. All right, well, now stepping back and looking at this image. I want to illustrate a couple of things in this movie. One is that when you are using your concept tool or your Healing Brush, you can create new layers and then Sample All Layers. In that way, your retouching is nondestructive. Meaning, you can turn it off at any time. You can undo it, modify it. I also want to illustrate this idea that now, new in CS4, you are having this preview, which really helps you align when you are cloning or your are healing and that is one of those new features that I'm pretty excited about and I think you will become more excited about it, the more you use it.
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