Dustspots, dustspots, dustspots!
or 'How to eliminate dustspots from the photo'
by exem, 14 May 2014,
Dustspots (or another dirts) are often reason for rejection of the photo despite the fact that they can be easily eliminated. I don´t mean the removal of dirts from the camera chip but the removal of dustspots from the photo. The whole procedure takes a few seconds to a few minutes at most.
Notation: The described procedure is for Adobe Photoshop CS5 (EN).
- Open the photo (Ctrl+O).
- Select 'Layer'->'New Adjustment Layer'->'Levels...' from the top menu ... and press 'OK' (without any change) ... or press button on side menu and then button on 'ADJUSTMENTS' window menu
- The histogram with three sliders is displayed in the 'ADJUSTMENTS' window now Move the middle slider closer to the left slider and then move the left slider toward the center of the histogram. This leads to the posterization of the photo and the dustspot accentuation. If necessary, adjust the position of the sliders
- In case of the dustspot detection, switch to the 'Background' layer in 'LAYERS' window .... and select the 'Spot Healing Brush Tool' from the tool menu If necessary, change the parameters of the tool by clicking right mouse button on the photoRemove the dustspot by one click of the left mouse button on the dustspot position. Continue like this while any dirt is detected. In some cases it is not possible to use 'Spot Healing Brush Tool' and so use another tool, for example 'Clone Stamp Tool'
- Delete the adjustment layer (probably named 'Levels 1') in 'LAYERS' window ... and save the photo (Ctrl+S or Ctrl+Shift+S). That is all.