Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor, part of Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6.
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One of the things that happens occasionally in photography is that you get your images back and you go through them, like I'll scroll through these images, and you'll notice that there's a problem that's in the same exact spot in all of your images. While the subject is moving, showing us we have different frames, this little blemish isn't. Now that's a result of either having dust on our lens or on our sensor. Well, what we can do to fix that is use a Spot Removal tool here in Adobe Camera Raw to really speed up our retouching workflow in situations like this.
Let's press the B key to select the tool. Next, we'll click in the middle area, and then click and drag out and make a selection just a little bit bigger than this blemish. We really want to focus in on the shadow area, and then we'll click and drag and move the sample area around till we have something which looks like it has nice tone. Press the V key to hide those overlay circles. All right. That looks pretty good. Press the V key again to bring it back. Next, all that we need to do is click Select All, and then here we can choose Synchronize... Dots tell us the dialog is going to open.
What we're going to do here is turn off these check boxes, and I'll go ahead and just turn on the option for Spot Removal. I don't want to synchronize anything else. We can also select that from this pulldown menu here. We can choose Spot Removal that way as well. All right. Well, let's click OK in order to apply that, and let's click through those images. They look really good. All right. Well, in reviewing the images, one of the things I'm noticing is that there is a little skin blemish right here. So I'm going to go ahead and click and drag from the middle of the blemish and select a nice sample area to retouch that.
Then I'm going to choose Select All. This time because I want to select the Spot Removal, I'll hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on Windows. That will change this to Synchronize without those dots. Click on that, and it will then synchronize the retouching here. Yet when I go through these images, one of the things that I'm going to discover is that because the subject moved, this isn't in the exact right spot, no big deal. All that we need to do is to now move this little retouching point, and we can do that on an image-by-image basis.
And one of the reasons why I wanted to show this is that occasionally you have situations like this where this can really speed up your workflow. Rather than having to add that sample point on every image, you can simply synchronize and then adjust the sample point in order to really speed up this type of retouching.
- 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