Removing Blemishes from photos is very easy if you know how. Photo
editing tools all have functionality to do this and the principles are
all the same. For this example, I've used Adobe Photoshop CS4...
Things You Will Need
Adobe Photoshop CS* or Elements
Spot Healing Tool
Spot Removal Tool
The tools are very similar and borrow functionality from one another.
The process being selecting of an area within the image that is similar
in pixel colour/tone to the area with the blemish. This can be done
manually (Healing brush) or automatically (Spot healing) if you feel
the software can do a better job. Any background blemishes, especially
on surfaces such as sand, are taken care of best automatically in my
experience....no-one can ever tell. The image has a number of
blemishes (top left). Above the boys head is an orange piece of rubbish
Select the Spot Removal Brush tool from the left hand menu.
Alter the size of the brush to just cover the blemish, zoom in for
accuracy if you have to and use your left mouse button to execute.
The blemish should now be gone, having been cloned from another area of the image.
If you find the automatic method isn't quite accurate enough, try the manual way.
On the same image, a green blemish appears to the left of the original blemish.
Select the Healing Brush tool
Whilst pressing the 'Alt' key, select a source point to 'clone' to
cover the blemish. Once selected, the cloned image will be ever present
within the healing brush until placed over the target and executed
using the left mouse button.
Which way is best? It all depends on the image and the blemish but
either way is easier than going back to the beach to retake the photo!
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