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Chapter 6. Fixing and Retouching Photos > Repairing Flaws and Imperfections

Repairing Flaws and Imperfections

Torn edges, water stains, scratches, even specks of dust left on a scanner’s glass. These little maladies are the bane of the photo-retouch artist, and all too common problems when you set to the task of digitizing and restoring old photographs. To the rescue come three similar, but distinctly different repair and retouch tools.

The Clone Stamp tool will quickly become one of your favorite tools, not just for cleaning up and restoring photographs, but for any number of special effects and enhancements. It works on the simple principle of copying and duplicating (cloning) image pixels from one part of an image to another. While it is ideal for repairing tears or holes in photographs, it can also be used to add or duplicate objects in a photograph. For example, you can create a hedgerow from one small bush or add clouds to a cloudless sky.


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