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Using the Eyedropper

Taking a closer look, I'm aware of some cracks and scratches. It looks rather like the surface of the print had cracked. You can see them in Figure 21.8, in the "before" sample. I'll have to do some touch up work to get rid of those.

Sometimes you need to paint over part of the image, either to fill in scratches or to remove unwanted lines, spots, or in-laws. Use the Eyedropper tool to select a color with which to paint. Simply click the Eyedropper on any color (or in this case, shade of gray) in the image that you want to replicate, and that color becomes the foreground color, ready to apply with the Paintbrush, Airbrush, or whatever Painting tool you choose. You can also hold down the Option (on Macintoshes) or Alt (on PCs) key while a painting tool is selected to turn it temporarily into an eyedropper, so you can change colors as you paint. Double-clicking the Eyedropper opens its Options window. A pop-up menu gives you the choice of a single pixel color sample or of taking an average color from either a 3×3 or 5×5 pixel sample.


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