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Old May 24, 2004, 7:09 PM   #1
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I scan in quite a number of photographs, and frequently I find that, when I scan them in higher than 600dpi (even sometimes 300dpi), that dust and sctatches and even finger prints show up. What's the best way to remove them?

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Old May 24, 2004, 9:12 PM   #2
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If there are not too much scratches, one way is using the healing brush tool to "duplicate" a neirby region (with same pattern and same color). If there is general dust particles present, may besome sort of denoising action (neatimage?)? but it will affect the texture of theentire photo.
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Old May 24, 2004, 9:17 PM   #3
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May be this thread could be useful::idea:

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=31
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Old May 24, 2004, 9:35 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips... I've used blur before a lot... one thing I've started to use recently is the "smudge" tool in PSP (I'm sure there's something similar in PS)... and have had decent success with it... it's just very time consuming smudging every freaking piece of dust out... especially with wedding photos where the dust shows up well on black tuxes. :?
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This may help with some ideas:

http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/21117.html


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Old May 24, 2004, 11:09 PM   #6
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Again, great link, and excellent read... thanks very much.
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Old Jun 29, 2004, 11:43 AM   #7
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I've been dealing with hundreds ofseriously scratched and spotted slides that I've been scanning. This may help you with less important parts of your imageslike skies, walls and out of focus backgrounds. Many continuous toned/textured areas will benefit.

Use the lasso tool to isolate a problem area, such as a blurry background. Then, LAYER>NEW>VIA COPY. Set the layer blending mode to LIGHTEN. Then click the MOVE tool. Use your keyboard's arrow keys to "nudge" this layer slighty. Try tapping the right arrow key once to the right. Maybe twice. Then maybe the down key once -- not too much because the layer will start to take on a strange look. You'll probably find a few leftover spots that you'll need to remove manually. This works great on the thousands of black mold spots that all my slideshave. Not sure of the effectiveness on dust.

It's not perfect but it can knock out some large areas with only a few steps instead of doing each defect one at a time. It doesn't work well on detailed or important areas such as faces.

I hope this is helpful.

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Old Jul 17, 2004, 12:49 AM   #8
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What I think you need is a tutorial. I've made one, feel free to have a look:



http://www.hertz-ladiges.com/modules...ge&pid=148



It will answer you questions for sure!


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Old Jul 17, 2004, 12:07 PM   #9
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Great tutorial! Thanks.
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