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adding dust and scratches to a photo
I was cruising around J.Shipley's site (http://jshipleyphotography.com/) which is freaking amazing if you haven't looked at it. He's got one image that has dust and scratches added to it. see sample: http://www.hostingarizona.net/photoc...&Scratches.jpg. I am trying to recreate the effect and haven't been too successful yet. I tried obsidian dawn's brushes (http://www.obsidiandawn.com/brushes-categories) and I tried Photoshop essential's brushes (http://www.photoshopessentials.com/p...rks-scratches/). I also looked at Vanderlee's old movie plugin (http://www.vanderlee.com/plugins_oldmovie.html). They're all great tools but they don't create an authentic look. Any thoughts on another tool to use or an alternate method of using the existing tools?
All the best,
Re: adding dust and scratches to a photo
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The Brushes are a pretty good way to achieve what you want if applied on a new blank layer trying different layer blend modes and possibly changing the opacity.. the free transform tool also comes in handy
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