Using Spot Tool in LR


Lightroom Local Adjustments


Lesson Info

Using Spot Tool in LR

We're going to play around with our spot tool now so inside of the spot to want to click on that there's let's let's review some of our options here so first off you can cloner hell so cloning and healing are just like there and photoshopped healing tool is more intelligent cloning is just kind of lift and stamp lift and stamp right so usually you'll be in the heel occasionally you use the cloning if for some reason the healing is like stealing stuff from the edges or whatever and it's just not working right then you use the club but in most cases used the hell because he hill brushes intelligent enough to figure it out there's the size of the brush so as you increase the size of the brush that's what happens there on dh then the feathering of the brush changes how hard or soft that brushes on dh then the opacity that brush tells us how much uh actually is being laid down by it in most cases the opacity is going to be at one hundred percent because you're removing like like a dust spot...

on your sensor or you're removing a can on the ground or something like that but in some cases you will use it in order to get rid of bags under the eyes or something like that when you're doing that you want to have this opacity down to maybe thirty percent or something like that ok, so let's first do the most obvious case and the most obvious case is that we're going to remove some dust spots or some hiccups somewhere in the like for instance, you can see that they're these dirty little spots in the and I wanted to be nice and clean and crisp right? And so I simply will you know and by the way the mouse wheel we'll change the size of that brush see that so the brush changes based on the side the mouse wheel so I can go in here and I could just click on that and that's gone that spot is gone that's the most easy basic concept right now here's something that's really important though have you ever tried to remove spots in the sky and you can't see him and you can't tell whether or not the spots are on your on your computer screen or if they're actually in the sky and so then you have to like grab it and move it around to see if the spot moves because of the spot moves then you have to get it but the spot doesn't move and it's on the glass of your screen right? Ok so this is the tool that will keep you from having to do that and it's called the visualize er it's right down here in the bottom see that says tool overlay visualize spots when I click on visual aids spots looks what happens and I can change how you know how much it works now everywhere that you see a little hiccup are ugly spots so you'll see one there's one in the sky right up here so if you zoom in to the sky and there's a pretty clean sky, my sensor was pretty clean this day, I guess but you can see on the ground see that those air little hiccups and so rather than having to zoom in now to do that, all I have to do is go ok, I know that anywhere there's a little hiccup there, I just click on those guys right there, and I know I'm cleaning off whatever kind of ugly whatever's air there, and when you have a dirty sensor in the sky, you're going to find that those spots just got put the pope up, let me show you an example, I got to go to a different collection here really quickly does show you this, but let's see, I think I have here seen that before because I haven't you have I guess, okay, now watch us, okay? So I'm looking at this is actually on fort jefferson off of out in the gulf of mexico, and we did a little night shot here but see all the stars in the sky so the stars or say they're kind of glowy watch what it thinks that they look kind of like dust spots. I try and keep my my chip pretty clean, and so I'm gonna have a hard time finding like dirty chips, and so these look like dirt spots, so I'm going to show them to you. So if I click on our spot tool and I click on visualize spots, say that see how easy it is to find a dust spot it's super super simple to find a dust box, that's what they'll all look like that's it, and then you just go through and click on him now, if you have a dust, a sensor that's, this theory, time to send it in and have it cleaned. Um, these air all stars, so we don't have to worry about him, but I just wanted to see you to see how that looks and then as you change the visualize er you know you now now you start to see the texture in the sky to, and so you just kind of do this until you have you can see the dust spots, but you're not necessarily seeing the texture of the actual sky itself and that gives you usually it's like three quarters of the way up is where you want it to be. All right, so let's see now let's turn off the visualize er yes eric can you show us again where that visualize photos okay, so once you are once the spot tool is open can then it's down below the picture right here in the tool bar now the toolbar collapses so if you had the tiki the toolbar will disappear and you won't see it so you have to remember if you don't see the toolbar hit the tiki and the toolbar will come up and that's where the visualize all right, thank you. Okay, so we can also go in and remove you know, bigger things it's too. So here I am and you can see that I've already got things removed look at it see that? So this is the island that fort jefferson is on and I'm I've already removed certain things see all this these are things I removed now let me show you what I removed from this uh this photo so that you can see how useful the tool was. So here we go, I'm going to turn and by the way, every single one of these tools has an on off switch right here so you can you can you don't have to undo what you've done to see the difference you could just turn it off so let me just zoom out and click I'm just going to turn off the tool and you can see what I've removed there's a sign look down here see that sign I didn't want the sign in there, I wanted it to look all pristine and whatever, and so I got rid of the sign by simply creating a dust spot tool so let's reset the tool now I just reset it so that all of our stuff is back in there and I'm going to zoom in to the photo and I'm going toe scan over to that area c this is island closed, the island is closed, and so now I'm going to go into that area and I'm just going to paint it out now before a while ago, you had to have you had to go like this with a big spot, right? That was, I think, like him three or whatever whenever that was, but now light room five has the ability to literally spot out a so you click on it and just drag and you just paint whatever it is you want out, and then you just need to decide what's going to fill that gap, and that probably is going to look good right there, and I turned that off, you see that I've removed that spot, okay? And then I, you know, I want to get rid of the buoys so I would go in again to the spot tool and just kind of dragged over that buoy click on that buoy and then, you know, go to the next spot which over here see, I didn't want that sign there the no swimming, the reason there's no swimming is because there's an alligator that lives in this moat literally there's an allegation so they're like don't go swimming over this wall because you will die, so so we want to get rid of the no alligator so that this guy will take his lunch and go swim okay? And I could get rid of the guy to want to get rid of this thing so intelligently chooses a decent place for it I could get rid of this dude him and his lunch just like go home I don't like you in my photo to that yeah, I got to get rid of this shadow now too, but you know, there was a time where I hated having people in my shot now I want people in my shot. So over the past twenty years I've changed from literally waiting for hours for people to get out of my shot toe literally waiting for people to get in my shop so so you're still waiting I'm still waiting for the result is the same, but now I want people in my shot yeah so this is a question from pavel. Grandma titov? Well, the visual spot visualize spots feature also showed dead pixels. Will that get? Yeah, it would come up. It would if there was a dead pixels would certainly be on the blip. So, yeah, I would come up and then, if you want, is a dead picks over people. Oh, a dead pixel is this is one of the pixels on your camera has died and so it's not receiving light and so it will show up as a spot like a square spot on your chip. Because there's no light coming in so it's just black. So if you have a dead picks or maybe it is red or it's green or whatever it is, it'll be some crazy color. It'll be dark or whatever and it's always in the same spot. If you have that issue, one of the things you should do is highlight all the images that are similar. Say that you see it in the sky, highlight all of them and then get rid of that spot and get, you know, get rid of all of them. For instance, we have a set of photos here, so I have this photo here this was we were doing a portrait of this couple, and we had this entire set and I saw them doing yoga. I was quite a ways away. And I we have been snorkeling and whatever. And I came out of the water and I saw him up there doing yoga. And I was like, I took a picture of your brother and take another patient run, take another picture trying, like, get him unaware. And then after a while, they knew what I was doing. And then they just kind of kind of played along with it and started doing all sorts of yoga. But by the way, on this photo actually she's on one foot that's, one foot like she's got the other one crossed and let me so she's, pretty crazy yoga lady. Awesome. Amazing yoga anyway, so that is the spot tool it's. A fairly simple tool, but let's, use it for a more complicated purpose. Eso let's, go back into our selections here. I'm gonna go find a I'm gonna go find a closer up image here. So let's dio let's do this one. Actually, it would be better if I even had a close let's. Do this one. Ok, so I'm going to do, eh? Portrait here we're gonna go back in the developed module and I'm gonna zoom into him and I'm going to say, ok, I want to get rid of some of the wrinkles of the bags or you know, that kind of stuff I want to get rid of that on I don't want to get rid of it, but I want to just muted a little bit and so in that case I'm going to click on the same tool, but now I'm going to take the opacity down quite a bit and I'm going tio grab my pen tool and I'm just going to could make this pope's column I let go of it, so I'm just painting and then it's going toe obviously choose the wrong spot there, so then I just choose a spot underneath it and now I can change the opacity of it see how I'm getting I can completely get rid of it, which is not what I want to dio or I can just kind of mute it a little bit so they're so let's turn it on and off and you'll be able to see the difference between that or that big difference, but it didn't need to go to photo shop to get rid of some slight blemishes and things like that I could get rid of those inside of light room never have to leave the raw workspace so that's, a really helpful tool. We'll leave him as he waas. But that gives you an idea, the power of what you could be doing with that tool.

Class Description

Jared Platt takes you beyond the basic adjustments, curves, noise reduction, and effects in the Lightroom Develop module into the local adjustment tools panel in Adobe Lightroom.

Learn how to repair and edit your images, burn and dodge, and create stunning effects on your raw images without ever leaving Lightroom. Jared will show you the most efficient and powerful ways to make your photos pop.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 5