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Is there a good way (technique, tool, plug in...) for fixing long scratches in Lightroom? Currently I have to spot the thing out with the dust removal tool; reminds me of sitting with a sable brush and a bottle of spotone...
That's about it. I have a few negatives that I know I spent hours spotting.
If you use Windows, try Polaroid Dust and Scratch Removal, a free program some years old. Tell me if you cannot find it: I am uthappam AT gmail DOT com.
Don't know if you have Photoshop. If so there is an easy way to fis long scratches using the clone tool. Tried it using the clone tool in LR, but that didn't work for me.
in PS using the clone tool clone on the beginning of the scratch using alt-click. Then go to the end of the scratch and shift-click on it.
Don't know if you have Photoshop. If so there is an easy way to fis long scratches using the clone tool. ---in the beginning of the scratch using alt-click. Then go to the end of the scratch and shift-click on it.
Anything special about the diameter of the selection circle?
Well, I just managed to get Photoshop based on the advice here and elsewhere. Totally worth it. Thanks!
Should my workflow be:
scan, open scan in PS, spot/de-scratch scan, import/catalog to Lightroom
scan, import/catalog to Lightroom, then edit out dust/scratches with PS3 through Lightroom...?
Does it really matter?
EDIT: I was using the healing brush, which I liked, but achi4, your method sounds even easier...I can't seem to get it to work, however. Do I use the "clone stamp tool" on the left-hand side?
I don't know if there is a way to do this in Lightroom, but this works very well for removing dust/scratches in Photoshop, and is pretty fast!!!
Lightroom does a good job "linking" images back and forth to PS... it can add 'edit' to the file name, auto add it to your catalog, works well with additional editing in LR before/after PS, etc.
I import everything into LR first and work on global adjustments then for additional heavy lifting type adjustments I open (ctrl E) to PS via "edit a copy with LR adjustments" from LR.
Often I don't edit beyond LR because it now does local adjustments. Spots are okay to deal with in LR but scratches of substantial length are better handled with PS.
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