Let me introduce you to a wonderful little tool called the Spot Healing Brush. In a matter of seconds, you can remove blobs, blemishes and bits you don’t need from your photos. The content aware feature in Photoshop makes this tool an essential for your photo editing.
Today’s video will show you how to remove unwanted text on a notebook.
WHY WOULD YOU USE THE SPOT HEALING TOOL?
Have you ever taken a photo and it's perfect, except for a tiny spot that keeps catching your eye? Images don’t need to be polished to an artificial perfection, but sometimes you need little edits to make sure that anyone viewing your picture is focussing on the right thing.
In the past, I've used it for 'tidying up' spilt soil or dropped petals when taking photos of plants. You could use it to touch up cracks or chips in nail polish or paint. You could remove text or handwriting from paper.
If an items is isolated enough from other items in the photo, you can remove it completely.
In the case of the example in the video, the book has a lovely texture, but the text on the front makes its use as a stock photo limited. I wanted to be able to still use the book but remove the writing.
BEFORE & AFTER
The other benefit of this tool is its speed. This took me just a couple of minutes to do. It made a limited-use image far more useful. I could now go on to use it as it is or change the colour of the book cover.
This video covers:
- Creating a copy of your image.
- Settings for the Spot Healing Tool.
- Removing text from a notebook.
- Repeating areas for a better finish.
- Start by making a duplicate copy of your image, as this is a destructive method of editing (permanently changes the pixels). With a duplicate, you can change your mind - always a good thing!
- With your copy layer selected, choose the Spot Healing Brush from the Tool Bar on the left.
- On the Options Bar at the top, make sure Content Aware is selected under Type.
- Hover your mouse over the mark you want to remove and adjust the size of your brush to fit. The left square bracket will make the brush smaller, the right square bracket will make it larger.
- Now just paint over the area you want to remove. It will paint in black, but don't panic. It's just showing you the area you are selecting.
- When you let go, your mark should disappear and be replaced with pixels Photoshop thinks match the surrounding area.
- If you don’t get full removal the first time, just paint over again to get a better finish.
This is an easy tool to master. You don't need precision when selecting the area, and you can reapply the affect to the same area if you need to.
Have a photo you love but it just has this little, annoying, 'why didn't I move that' bit on it? Now you have a secret and speedy tool at your disposal and nobody will be any the wiser.