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Removing Specks, Dust, and Scratches

If you’ve used Elements’ Dust & Scratches filter, you’ve probably already learned how lame the filter really is. That is, unless you use this cool workaround that takes it from a useless piece of fluff, to a…well…reasonably useful piece of fluff. This technique works brilliantly for removing these types of artifacts (that’s “Elements-speak” for specks, dust, and other junk that winds up on your photos) on the background areas of your photos.

Step One

Open the photo that needs specks, dust, and/or scratches repaired. Duplicate the Background layer by dragging it to the Create a New Layer icon at the top of the Layers palette. This creates a layer called “Background copy.”


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