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Hour 11. Removing Red Eye, Dust, and Scratches > Removing Dust and Scratches

Removing Dust and Scratches

Here’s another case where prevention beats cure. Always try to clean your scanner and photos before you start scanning. A soft cloth and some careful work with a paintbrush might have saved a lot of work on the example you are about to see. If it doesn’t come clean, though, you can clean it with Elements.

Using the Dust & Scratches Filter

The Dust & Scratches filter can be a tremendous time-saver when you’re doing basic cleanup on a photo, particularly an old scanned one. If you’re not careful, though, it can ruin the picture by overcompensating for the spots and losing detail. The filter works by adding a slight blur, which you can carefully adjust to produce a good compromise between spots and sharpness. To use it, choose Filter, Noise, Dust & Scratches.


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