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Q1:How should I clean my scanner? There are smudges on the glass.
A1: There should be cleaning instructions in the scanner manual. In most cases, though, all you need to do is wipe the glass with a lint-free cloth or paper towel, using a few drops of window cleaner or rubbing alcohol to take off anything sticky or greasy, like smudges or fingerprints. Be careful not to scratch the glass.
Q2:Can I clean the lens on my camera the same way?
A2: Absolutely not! Camera lenses are delicate. Go to your local photo shop and buy a package of lens tissue and a bottle of lens cleaning fluid. There are no substitutes for these. Take a sheet of tissue. Tear it in half the long way, roll it up tight, and use the torn edge as a brush to remove any dust or grit from the lens first. If there are visible fingerprints on the lens, apply a single drop of fluid. Wait a minute so it can work, then using your tissue brush clean from the center of the lens to the edges. If you actually pick up dirt or grit on your “brush,” discard it and make a new one. While you are at the camera store, buy a lens cap, if your camera didn’t come with one. Use it, or at least keep your fingers off the lens.
Q3:My daughter’s face broke out the day her school pictures were taken. Can I use the Clone Stamp to hide the spots as you did with the old photo?
A3: Sounds like a good plan. If you have trouble, try changing the tool’s blending mode on the Options bar to Lighten. Then you’ll affect only those pixels that appear darker than the surrounding skin (the color of the sample spot where you first press Cmd/Alt and click).


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