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Chapter 9. Take Me Away: Removing Unwant... > Covering Unwanted Elements - Pg. 247

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Five: Now, when you press Command-D (PC: Control-D) to deselect, the num- bers will be gone, and your removal will be right on the money. Here's a before and after. You can see what a difference removing that one little area made. I probably would go one step further and zoom in on the center of the red door. Then, using the same technique, I'd remove the letter "A" and peephole from the top center of the door. (That way, I'm removing any hint of the possibility of "old-world" crime that peepholes suggest.) Step Six: Before After Here's another application of the same technique. On the left side of the photo there's a distracting doorjamb, and the easiest fix (without re-cropping and shrinking the width of the photo) is to extend the wall to cover the door- jamb. Get the Rectangular Marquee tool, and draw a tall, thin rectangular selec- tion from the top to the bottom, and then feather your selection (under the Select menu). Step Seven: Hold Option-Command (PC: Alt- Control) and the Shift key (to keep it perfectly in line as you drag), and drag the selected area of the wall to the left. You'll have to drag several copies of the thin wall selection to cover the door- jamb. Also, if you see any repeating pattern when you're done, just get the Patch tool (Shift-J), draw a selection around that area, drag the selection into a clean area, and then press Command-D (PC: Control-D) to deselect. ©SCOTT KELBY Removing Unwanted Objects Chapter 9 247