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Remember, you'll be working with a "natural" scan.
And it's a good idea to back-up your natural scans. And make a copy -- and don't touch the back-up. Fix the copy only, just in case something messes up.
Here's a quick snap-shot of how I setup my scanner's software:
All right, once you've gotten a natural scan, here's the next step...
The first thing I do is to zoom in.
Press your "Z" key, and left mouse button to zoom in.
Don't zoom in too close, otherwise you won't know what's detail and what's dust.
The "Heal Tool" is the best way to fix dust, debris, and scratches.
You'll find the Tool in your Tool Box, or press "H"...
So again: Open your file. Zoom in. Find your "dust" spots. And click on the "Heal Tool".
To use the Heal Tool, you'll need to "set image source".
What this means is, you need to find a "clean" area around the dust, and set the Heal Tool before you remove any dust.
So, find a dust spot, and beside the dust, in a "clean" area, use CTRL + left mouse button to set the area. Then go ahead and start clicking on the dust area with left mouse button to remove.
Above: You need to "Set" your Heal Tool. Press CTRL and left mouse button around the dust you want to fix.
Once your Heal Tool is set, you can start clicking away on the dust. It'll take you a few clicks to get the hang of it.
Above: Once your Heal Tool is set, use your left mouse button and click directly on dust spots to remove them.
When you move to another dust area, you'll need to re-set your Heal Tool.
But be careful! Make sure when you're setting the Heal Tool, to choose an area that is similar to the dust area. If you don't, you'll get this...
Above: Make you don't set your Heal Tool in the wrong area.If you set the Heal Tool in the wrong spot, you will get this...
Above: Yikes. You need to re-set the Heal Tool in an area that is close to the dust, so you don't end up doing this.
So, remember to reset the Heal Tool as close to the dust area.
Sometimes you'll run into dust specks that are too small or big. You can change the size of the Heal Tool by adjusting the "Scale" size according to the size of the dust.
In your Tool Box, you will find "Scale". Change the Scale size so that it matches the size of the dust you're removing.
Above: Make Heal Tool bigger or smaller by setting the Scale option to as big or small as you like.
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