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Part 3. Basic Photo Fixing > Removing a Scratch From an Image

Removing a Scratch From an Image

Damage to old photos is a fact of life—but fortunately, it's one that's easy for Photoshop Elements to deal with. If your scanned photo shows rips or scratches—in this case, something was stuck to the original print—you can restore the parts of the image that have been obscured. You just have to take it slow and easy.

Click the Healing Brush tool in the toolbox.

Press Alt as you click a clear area that matches the background.

Click and drag over the object you want to remove from the image.

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Know Your Tools

The Healing Brush works well for areas of relatively similar color and texture, such as the door in this example. If you need to fill in a more varied area, try using the Clone Stap. Use several short strokes to blend the pixels in neatly.


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More Removal Magic

Turn to “Removing Blemishes,” p. 141 to learn more about using the Healing Brush and its sibling, the Spot Healing Brush.


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