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Chapter 6. Using the Standard Photo Editor > Erasing Objects and Blemishes

Erasing Objects and Blemishes

Using the Clone Stamp Tool

With digital photos—and enough skill and experience—you can make almost any part of a photo disappear. You can remove distracting background objects, get rid of dust and scratches, and even remove some people from a group photo. The Clone Stamp is the basic tool for such work; the Healing Brush, described in the following section, is a more sophisticated tool that makes many such jobs easier.

Choose the Clone Stamp tool (Figure 6.41) and adjust the brush size in the Options bar if necessary (you may want to start with a fairly large brush to get the hang of what this tool does, and then use a smaller brush to do finer work). Hold down the Alt key and click an area whose color and texture you'd like to use to replace the object or blemish. This area, called the source area, typically is whatever is in the background adjacent to the object you want to paint over. The source area determines what color and texture the Clone Stamp will paint with.


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