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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Now that we've been introduced to some of the cleanup tools, let's take a look at how we can combine some of these different techniques and tips and tools together in order to come up with some good results when we have a little bit more of a tricky context. For example, in this image, let's say that we want to clean up a few things here in order to make this perhaps just a little bit better of a photograph. Let's say that we want to clean up this window or perhaps these lights up here in top or perhaps this logo down below. Well how can we go about doing that? Well, one of the things that you may think of trying is perhaps Content-Aware Scale or healing or patching.
So let's take a look again at how we can combine these together. First thing, let's copy the Background layer, Command+J on the Mac, Ctrl+J on a PC. We'll name this layer c1. Well, what do we want to do first is show you a problem. And then we'll take a look at how we can correct the problem. You may think that if you grab your Marquee tool, select the window, and then press Shift+F5 and select Content-Aware. Or you think that that might be able to remove the window, but it doesn't. It has too many other areas to try to sample. So it just doesn't work.
So let's take a look at how we could perhaps do this a little bit more effectively. Undo that by pressing Command+Z on a Mac, Ctrl+Z on a PC, and then deselect the selection here. Well, first let's start small. We can go ahead and remove this little door handle pretty easily. So let's make a selection around that and press Shift+F5. All right. Well, now that that's gone, Command+D on a Mac, Ctrl+D on a PC. Let's begin to work on the window. Now the window we could do a number of different ways. One really easy way to do this would be to make a selection of the window here, and then to go ahead and use the Patch tool.
The Patch tool is a great tool where we want to remove a large area of content. And I'm just clicking and dragging down in order to remove that window, perfect! All right. Well, what about some of the other areas in this image that we want to clean up. Well, let's say we want to clean up this area up here. It's actually really complicated, because there are quite a bit of lines in this area. Well, what we could do is use our Polygonal Lasso tool in order to make a nice selection, which has clean lines and kind of follows the shape of this.
I'll go ahead and make my way around here using the Selection tool. Now, here what we can do is press Shift +F5 and use that Content-Aware Scale. And what this will do for us is it will honor the lines that are already there. Let's deselect so we can see how this looks. Select and deselect. And again that did a pretty good job. Now, it's not perfect, but it's pretty good. Here's our before and then our after. So as we can see here, we can use these different tools in different scenarios in order to clean things up.
Now, after this has been removed, I might go back in with one of my other tools, say the Healing Brush, make my brush a little bit smaller. Option+Click on a nice sample area and then just go through this and try to clean up some of these small little blemishes here that might be nice to remove from this top area of the image. So again this would just be going back and doing our detail work in order to clean this up perhaps even a little but more. All right. Well, after we've done that, let's say that we want to go to perhaps a larger area. We need to remove this logo down here.
Once again, whenever you're doing something like that, the Patch tool really is going to help out, because it is going to be essential to be able to dial in exactly what we want to bring into this. So I'll go ahead and click and drag over to the left and then let go and then deselect. Command+D on a Mac, Ctrl+D on a PC, select another area here. Click and drag to the right and slowly make some selections here to remove these different blemishes as we make our way through the image.
Now, we could continue to do this using these different tools: the Healing Brush, the Clone Stamp tool, the Patch tool and also Content-Aware Scale. Some of the best cleanup work is going to be a combination of all of these different tools together in order to come up with the most stunning results. Now, this image isn't anywhere close to being complete. Yet nonetheless, we've had a pretty good start. And let's take a look at our before and after. We'll do so by clicking on the eye icon of this layer. Here we have before and then after.
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