Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Removing distractions, part of Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6.
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The next thing I want to take a look at is how we can begin to remove some small blemishes or distractions in our image. I'll go ahead and select the Zoom tool by clicking on that in the tools panel. Then I'm going to click and drag across this area of the photograph in order to zoom in on that area, and then I'll click again to zoom in even further. Now, we can keep zooming in, in order to evaluate different types of detail. Now, as I do that, I notice a few things about the image that I'm going to need to work on. In particular, there's a small little skin variation right there that I want to remove.
In order to remove that, what we can do is select this tool here that allows us to quickly and easily remove or reduce blemishes, or distractions. So, go ahead and click on that tool. Then all I'm going to do is simply click and drag in order to change the size of this particular selection. So, as I drag out, it's a little bit bigger, and now I have two circles. What do these circles mean? Well, red, we want over the blemish. You can see I kind of missed it, so I'm going to have to click and reposition that.
Now, green, that's saying this is the good area, but I don't want this highlight in the nose brought in over here. So I'm going to go ahead and click and drag this to another more healthy area of skin. Now, a lot of times what you may want to do is use this at full percentage; other times, perhaps you simply want to lower this down for a little bit more of a subtle effect. We also have a few options. We can choose Heal or Clone. Again, it's going to be dependent upon the task at hand in regards to what works best. All right. Well, now that we've made that adjustment, what we can do is press the Spacebar key.
We can then pan around the image and just look for any other slight blemish or variation. I happened to have noticed that there is this string over here that I want to remove, so I'm going to go ahead and remove that. In order to do so, again, I'm going to click and drag in order to have a nice, big area for this removal. Next, I'll reposition this, so I'm right over that string. Then what I need to do is I need to figure out how I can sample an area in order to take out this little thread coming off of the garment? I'm going to increase my Opacity, so I can take it out all the way.
I'm going to look at some different options between cloning and healing. I'll notice that certain options will work better in certain situations. In this case, Heal is bleeding in all of this content, yet if I move this over to a similar area, what we can have is less of a bleed. We can see that's much more cleaned up of a line. That looks really good. Let's go ahead and zoom out. We can do so by clicking on our Zoom tool, and then what we'll do here is hold down Option or Alt and then click on the image in order to zoom out, so that we can see how this is looking.
Hold down the Spacebar key, click and drag to pan around the image, and then remove any other blemishes or distractions that we need to deal with.
- Comparing Camera Raw and Photoshop
- Understanding the differences between raw and JPEG or TIFF
- Converting to the DNG format
- Opening an image as a Smart Object
- Working with the Crop and Straighten tools
- Color correcting
- Retouching blemishes
- Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
- Reducing noise and sharpening
- Creative editing in Camera Raw