Spot Healing Brush Blues…

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Notice all the spots, these were at the top right corner of the frame.

Have you ever seen so many dust bunnies on your image and thought -oh no! Well, I have and it was when I used an f/29 or more or if my sensor was really, really dirty. Most of the time when I am creating an in-camera blur and am too lazy to put on a filter. To clean up the mess, I tried the different tools of the trade (Spot Healing Brush, Clone Stamp, Patch Tool) to find that they did not perform well for the multiple dust bunny clean up that I had on my hands. The Spot Healing brush left little pucker-like marks on my image, my printer advised me not to use it anymore. The Clone Stamp was laborious and the Patch Tool left behind unwanted artifacts. I decided that there had to be a better, quicker way to do multiple dust bunny clean up. That is when I came up with my technique several years ago and thought I would share it here..

First bring your image into Photoshop & Duplicate your layer-Cmd or Ctrl J
Next go to Filter> Noise> Dust & Scratches and set your values to mine below in the screen capture.
Next use an Inverse Layer Mask (Alt or Option Key with the Mask Icon at the same time) to cover the adjustment you just did above.
Now with a soft brush set to white paint over the dust bunnies.

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ My settings for this image, it can vary depending on the size and color of the spots.

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ After my technique, which took about 3 seconds.

For more of my Photoshop Quick Tips, check out my first Photoshop Quick Tips or my Photoshop Quick Tips II.

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10 Responses

  1. Carlotta Grenier says:

    That was very helpful, thank you for sharing

    You are welcome Carlotta, see you soon in Santiago!

  2. Dennis Bishop says:

    Thanks, Denise. I assume the step with the inverse mask is because the Dust & Scratches treatment may remove some features you want to keep.

    Hi Dennis, yes, exactly. Thank you.

  3. John Haedo says:

    Always helpful to learn a new technique from a top pro. Merry Christmas, Denise!

    Thank you John, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. Sharon Hallowell says:

    Great tip and one I’m sure we could all use at one time or another!
    Thank you!

    Thanks Sharon, glad you like it.

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