Five Steps For Optimizing Your Photos Page 2
STEP 4: Retouching
Use the Paintbrush tool to remove small specks, and the Clone tool to remove larger spots or objects. Photoshop CS2 has a great feature called the Spot Healing Brush, which makes it easy to remove spots caused by dust specks on a camera's image sensor--just set the tool size a little larger than the spot, then click on the spot.
STEP 5: Finishing Up
When the image looks the way you want it, save it as a master image. Then make a copy, adjust it to the desired size, and sharpen it. Go to Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. The Unsharp Mask window has three sliders; start with an amount of 100 percent, a radius of 1.5 and a threshold of 3. Use the enlarged portion of the image to judge the results: If edges in the image develop a white fringe, you've overdone it. Always sharpen at the final size, because changing the image size changes the effect. And don't sharpen the master image--if you do, the effect will be wrong if you change the size in the future.
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