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using blending modes to see dust spots better?

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Old 12-22-2005, 08:17 AM
Morgan Collini Morgan Collini is offline
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using blending modes to see dust spots better?

I once saw tip for dusting that copied a layer and altered the blending mode so that the dust specks were highly visible, and then you use the clone stamp BUT I haven't been able to remember it or reproduce it...little help here?!?
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:41 AM
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Depending on the specks and the photo, I've been able to amplify the appearance of dust using multiply, dodge, and burn. However, I generally use a curve adjustment layer instead for that sort of thing--just crank in a steep curve to accentuate the contrast between the dust and the subject. Then the dust disappears as you work.

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Old 12-22-2005, 10:29 PM
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dust removal filter?

Have you ever tried the Polaroid dust/scratch remover? It is a free download filter that I have obtained recently...lets you isolate light and dark particles and adjust level sliders accordingly. I like to select eyes and mouth and then select >inverse so that it runs on everything but that. Sometimes if you have a lot of dirt it accidentally removes catchlights from eyes. Just a thought... might help if you have regular dust issues.

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Old 12-23-2005, 04:01 PM
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Out Damned Spot!

Greetings Morgan,

Here's a thread that deals with this issue.

Removing Spots
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