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Chapter 24. Fixing Photo Flaws > Making Basic Cleanups

Making Basic Cleanups

The basic cleanup should be your first step when working on any picture. Study the picture. Ask yourself some questions:

  • Would cropping help improve the composition? If so, see Chapter 23, “Using Basic Tools in Elements,” for help.

  • Is it crooked? Do you need to straighten the whole picture or just a piece of something? See Chapter 23.

  • Is there something in there that doesn't belong? If so, you'll learn how to remove small elements with the Clone Stamp and larger ones with other techniques later in the chapter.

  • If it's a scanned photo, was the glass in the scanner clean? You can pick up dust, pet or human hair, and all sorts of scuzz in your pictures if you don't keep the scanning surface clean. Find out how to remove dust, hairs, and similar small items in this chapter.


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