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Image Doctor 2
by Alien Skin
Using Image Doctor 2 (Advanced)
January 5, 2008
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Image Doctor 2
by Alien Skin
Features: Advanced restoriation, retouching, removing, and repairing of images and photos. Requires Adobe Photoshop CS2 or later, Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 or later, Photoshop Elements 5 or later (4.0.1 for Mac). A 30-day trial is also available.
Official Website: www.alienskin.com
MSRP: $199.00
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The following is a more advanced way to use Image Doctor 2 with Photoshop and layers. This particular way will come in handy if you have several small objects in your image you want removed. A person who was familiar with the Clone Stamp tool could probably do just as good of a job, but remember, Image Doctor 2 does the sampling for you, so you don't have to search around the image for the best section to clone the removed area.

Removing Unwanted Objects: The Advanced Way

  • Layer --> New --> Layer (or SHIFT + CNTRL + N)
  • Click "OK" to create new layer
  • Find a color which will easily be contrasted with the object you're going to remove (see illustration # below)
  • Resize your brush accordingly to the object size being removed. For example, if you have a small object which needs to be removed, then select a small brush size.
  • Using the resized brush with the chosen highlight color, overlay the brush stroke on the object you want removed. If you have multiple objects which need removing, use your brush on those as well.

Let's now apply the above instructions to the following image.

Once the brush size and color are chosen, and you've created a new layer, apply a brush stroke over the area you want removed. Make sure you do this in the new layer.

A brief word about selecting brush size. When you select a brush size, make sure it is a "hard" brush, meaning you only want the area the brush touches 100%, to be processed. Other brushes with various levels of "hardness" and "softness" will automatically expand outside the perceived area.

Use the Magic Wand tool and place it in the area of the brush, and then clicking your mouse to create an active area which was brushed.

In order for Image Doctor 2 to "see" the selected area we chose with Magic Wand, we have to "hide" the new layer we created. In this particular case, I named this layer "Highlighted Layer". Normally, this would say "Layer 1". We then click on the Photoshop Eye, which removes it from the layer. Removing the Photoshop Eye icon means we want this layer hidden.

Notice we now do not see our colored brush, but the area which we chose with the brush, is still intact and displayed over the little white whisker I want removed.

Notice we now do not see our colored brush, but the area which we chose with the brush, is still intact and displayed over the little white whisker I want removed. Now, flatten the layer, and we can see Image Doctor 2 is available as a filter. Select "Smart Fill" and we get the following:


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