This excerpt is from Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure. Completely up-to-date for Lightroom 2, this beautifully illustrated and eminently practical book offers a complete tour of Adobe's integrated digital photography workflow application. Augmented by photos and case studies from a demanding road test in Tasmania, award-winning photographer Mikkel Aaland explains how Lightroom allows you to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes of digital images.
The Develop module retouching tools are located in the tool strip below the histogram (circled in Figure 4-39). These tools can also be selected from the View menu.
Let's start with the red-eye correction tool, which is very easy to use:
A common problem with digital cameras is sensor dust, which can appear in the same spot on all images. Often the resulting spot is not noticeable unless it appears in an area like the sky. This is what occurred with one of my adventure shots. As you can see in Figure 4-42, the spot is very conspicuous, and detracts from an otherwise beautiful image. Here is what to do to remove spots like this.
The entire procedure can be repeated as many times as necessary on the same image until all the spots are removed. At any time, you can go back and relocate either the target or source, as shown in Figure 4-45. Toggling the H key hides and reveals your selections. Delete unwanted selections by placing your cursor over the circle, clicking, and using the delete key. Use the Reset button in the tool drawer to remove all the selections. Click on the clone/heal icon when you are done, or press the N key. You can go back to the image at any time and resume using the tool.
Figure 4-46 is an example using the clone tool, and as you can see, the effect is quite different from that of the healing tool. Even so, everything I said about using the healing tool applies to the clone tool.
You can create a copy of your settings from one image and then apply them to multiple images. Repeat what we did earlier, and use the clone or heal tool to get rid of an offending spot. If possible, use Lighroom's default selection and don't move the source circle. Now, in the left panel, click Copy. This brings up the dialog box shown in Figure 4-47. Deselect all and select only Spot Removal. In the filmstrip, select as many of the images you wish to fix. Now click Paste from the panel. Done. If you didn't move the source circle, Lightroom will pick an appropriate new source. If you moved it, the source is fixed, which may or may not give good results.
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