Backscatter removal in Photoshop Tip
Posted 01 April 2002 - 01:27 PM
The dust and scratches tool at first glance looks like an ideal solution for removing white particles on a background (backscatter). However this has the effect of softening the whole picture.
However there is a method of using this filter to radically speed up the backscatter removal process.
The first step is to apply the dust and scratches filter to your picture. Apply it strongly and do not worry about the softening effect on the foreground. Make sure that all of the particles are removed by the filter.
In the History palette revert back to the original picture directly before the application of the filter. Switch to the history brush and ensure that the source for the history brush is set as the state after the dust and scratches filter (The history must be set to non-linear in the history options). Set the mode for the history brush to darken.
Now using a suitable brush paint over the backscatter. The light particles will disappear leaving the dark information intact.
This should be a far quicker process than using the clone brush and should also maintain the grain of the picture and the detail around the backscatter.
This technique should work in any image editor that has a history brush
If the above isn't clear please post any questions.
Lighting: 2 x Ikelite DS-125, 2 x Manual controller
Posted 20 May 2002 - 01:50 PM
Posted 22 May 2002 - 05:06 AM
Try this, on a great macro/close up shot, often times you get a spot or two of coral that get blown out. You can switch to the healing patch tool, lasso the blown out fragment of coral, and then drag it to a section of the coral that looks similar but is not blown. Once you release and click on it, the bad section you lassoed, will be transformed to a good section. Really quite amazing, and in most cases, you cannot see any evidence.
I did this recently to a few images and was amazed at how well it fixed it.
Posted 29 May 2002 - 07:39 AM