"Out Damned Spot"
Presenter: Larry Holland; Assistant: Bob Royer
Article written by Barbara Morban, IACC Webmaster
On Sunday, March 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. about 25 IACC members had the pleasure of learning how best to eliminate troublesome spots and objects using Photoshop Creative Cloud (Photoshop CC). This workshop was intended for the Advanced Beginner.
Larry Holland, IACC Vice-President, prepared an excellent handout to accompany his 'hands-on' workshop that covered topics including the healing brush, the spot healing brush, content aware fill, the clone stamp tool, the patch tool and the use of layers and selection to remove distractions. Larry clearly and concisely illustrated each technique/tool to the group, and then each member was able to practise the technique on his or her own laptop. Both Larry and his assistant, Bob Royer (IACC member), moved around the room to help members with any problems that arose while trying out the various techniques/tools. Thank you so much to Bob for sharing his expertise.
There was a lot to learn in the three hours and, without a doubt, every participant came away with some great tips. My favourite was the spot healing brush which allowed you to remove poles and telephone wires by 'stroking a path.' Others were impressed with how easy it was to remove objects by using content aware fill. For anyone who wanted a refresher about Photoshop, Larry had prepared a reference video.
It is truly impressive to learn so much in a few hours and to walk away with a new skill set! Many, many thanks to Larry for taking the time to prepare and present this outstanding workshop.
Thank you also to Barry Headrick for securing the venue (Woodvale Community League), to Larry's wife, Gwen, for helping out, and to all those members who brought snacks. What a great team!
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