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03/31/2006 10:34:42 AM · #1
Hello everyone,

I took some shots yesterday at a pretty small aperture and found out that it's time to clean my sensor. Now for my questions, does anyone have suggestions on how to clone the dust out in Photoshop of the pictures I took? I have done it before, but it never really comes out seamless. Just looking for suggestions, and tips on what has worked for you guys and girls.

Thanks
rui
03/31/2006 10:48:11 AM · #2
Well I use a different tecnique acording to where the spots are.

If they are in non pattern areas like the sky, I use the path tool. It works very nice and you can't see the photo has been toutched. Just select the path tool, select the area (be gerenous and leave a margin if you have the space for it) and then drag the path to a claen area to replace it for the clean area.

You can also try the healing brosh tool, but you have to be carefull about the surrounding color if there are any.
03/31/2006 01:10:44 PM · #3
I use a very small brush tip, and edit it out pixel by pixel.. replacing it with the color directly beside the dust spot. That usually works well for me.
03/31/2006 01:17:11 PM · #4
Originally posted by Nuno:

Well I use a different tecnique acording to where the spots are.

If they are in non pattern areas like the sky, I use the path tool. It works very nice and you can't see the photo has been toutched. Just select the path tool, select the area (be gerenous and leave a margin if you have the space for it) and then drag the path to a claen area to replace it for the clean area.


Why would you do this when the clone stamp tool does it automatically? Define diameter, alt-click on clean area, center tool over spot and click...

The healing brush is actually the most useful tool for dust removal, though. If you have neighboring-color problems, you can set it to "replace" in the tool options bar, or you can do a quick selection with the magic wand or magnetic lasso to isolate the area you are working on and the problem goes away.

Robt.
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