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Making Basic Cleanups

The basic cleanup should be your first step when working on any picture. Study the picture. Ask yourself some questions:

  • Would cropping help improve the composition? If so, see Hour 9, “Cropping and Resizing Your Pictures,” for help.

  • Is it crooked? Do you need to straighten the whole picture or just a piece of something? Jump between Hours 9 and 10, “Straightening, Skewing, and Distorting an Image,” for solutions.

  • Is there something in there that doesn’t belong? If the unwanted element in your picture is large, skip to Hour 19, “Creating Art from Scratch,” to learn how to use the Eraser tools to remove it. If it’s a small item that’s wandered into the background, stay tuned to this hour, where you’ll learn how to remove it with the Clone Stamp.

  • If it’s a scanned photo, was the glass in the scanner clean? You can pick up dust, pet or human hair, and all sorts of scuzz in your pictures if you don’t keep the scanning surface clean. Find out how to remove dust, hairs, and similar small items in this hour.


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