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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
In this exercise we're going to take a look at the Spot Removal tool, which is good for getting rid of dust and stuff that's on your camera lens that ends up showing up in the photograph. You can also use it for spot retouching and that's what we're going to be doing. I would like you to open the rare photograph that was not shot by Chris Orwig. It's this one right here Jedi Sam.dng. I shot this one using a Nikon D80. Well I would like you to go ahead and open it on up inside of Camera Raw, like so. We're going to zoom in and this is my six-year-old Sammy holding an authentic Jedi Lightsaber of course. There is a few little items on his face that I would like to go ahead and clean up here. You can do that on the non-destructive basis once again using this tool right here, the Spot Removal tool. Get it by pressing the B key for blemish if you like.
Then notice that you have some Radius options and this Opacity setting right here and the option to either Heal or Clone. Most of the time you're probably going to be better off with the heal as opposed to a straight clone. So that you get some realistic transitions. Totally up to you in that department. I am going to go ahead and drag outward like so. So you want to just drag from the center of what it is you want to cover up. Then the red indicated what's going to get replaced and the green indicates the source. So you can move the source to a different location if you want to, like so.
Then I'm going to draw another one right there and move the source over to somewhere around this location. We've got a little bit of a scratch on the side of his face there. Always with Sam scratches on the side of the face and drag this source up and over. Then notice if you want to, you don't have to drag, you can just Click. If you want to accept that same size you've used, you know over and over again or the last size you used, that is, because that will show up right here in the Radius value. It's tracked. Then I'll go ahead and move this up and over as well the source and that's it. Then if you decide to change any of them, you just Click on it to make it active.
So red indicates what's getting replaced. Green indicates the source at all times, folks. And there is other item, this one right here. That's what I would like to go ahead and fix and move this down a little bit for the source. That is and you know whatever else you want to do and then to get a sense of what your modifications look like without seeing all these little circles all over the place. Then press the V key in order to hide the overlay, like usual. We've seen that when we're using other tools. Then of course, if you want to get a sense of what the before and after views look like, press the P key. So this is before, had just a few little spots here and there. And this is after with the perfected skin. Don't you know? And by the way stay inside of this image if you're working along with me because in the next exercise we're going to switch over to the amazing HSL controls. Stay tuned.
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