March 7, 2007
Written by Rick LePage
In my review of Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom, I talked briefly about the Remove Spots tool (I also talked about it in a bit more detail in my first look), which is a very powerful way for you to apply minor touch-ups to an image. One of the things that I discovered during the review process was the fact that, if your mouse had a scroll wheel (or ball, as in the case of Apple’s Mighty Mouse), you could change the size of the spot on the fly as you were working on an image.
This week, I have been scanning a bunch of Polaroids, and, no matter how hard I try, I still get a fair amount of dust spots on my pictures. If you’re using the Remove Spots tool (in either Clone or Heal mode), it can get a bit cluttered and hard to see if there are a lot of spots on the screen. However, if you hold down the ‘H’ key as you spot your image, all of the spots are hidden. You can even adjust an existing spot with this method: the best way to do it is to put your mouse over the spot you want to adjust (so you know where it is), and then press the ‘H’ key to hide the spots. It’s a small tip, but it has helped me out a bunch this week.