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When there's too much to clone
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What to do When There's too Much to Clone

Occasionally you may run across an image that is full of tiny sopts that you need to remove. This could be dust, emulsion defects, highlight reflections on copy art, etc. While you could painstakingly remove these one by one with the stamp tool or healing brush, we often find that the following technique can literally save you hours! It works best when what you are removing has a very different value (light/dark) than the surrounding areas.

• Duplicate your image in memory and enlarge to 100%. Enlarge the main image to 100% and position the two windows so that you can see the same area side by side.
• Duplicate the background layer on your main image - we don't like to make this change to our original background layer.
• Open the Dust and Scratches filter and move both the radius and the thrshold sliders to the far left.
• Start moving the radius up one at a time until the spots you want to remove disappear. On a large file there is latency, so wait for the filter to show it's results before moving on.
• Next move the threshold slider until the grain or texture of the original image returns. This step is where you will need the copy of the original open in the other window as a reference.
• In the history palette, make a new snapshot of the image and select it as the history state.
• Undo the Dust and Scratches filter step with cmd-z (ctrl-z on a PC).
• Select the history brush. To remove light objects, change the blending mode of the brush to "darken". To remove dark objects, change the blending mode of the brush to "lighten". You should be able to literally paint away the undesirable spots in the image with little regard to surrounding areas.