Use the Dust and Scratches Filter in Photoshop CS6

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  1. 1
    Ensure that the layer that should be edited is selected.
    Click on that layer on the right-hand side. We've only got one layer at the moment.
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    Zoom in on the image.
    Either use the magnifying glass tool in the left-hand toolbar near the bottom, or hit "Ctrl" and "+" on the keyboard.
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    Examine the image.
    If we're working with something we scanned, there could be a fingerprint, dust, or scratches on it. The filter that we'll be working with today, the Dust and Scratches Filter, is designed for this sort of situation. Our image isn't the best quality, but it has a lot of different textures in the background.
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    Click on "Filter".
    It is found in the navigation bar that runs along the top of the program window.
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    Click "Noise".
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  6. 6
    Click on "Dust & Scratches...".
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    View the preview that opens.
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    Click the plus sign beneath the image to zoom in on the preview.
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    Click the minus sign beneath the image to zoom out on the preview.
    We recommend being more zoomed in for this one to get better detail, so we will zoom in.
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    Click and drag the slider underneath the word "Radius".
    As we drag it, the numbers next to "Radius" are changing. This blurs the image. It actually changes the radius of the pixels. What it does is finds similarly colored pixels and spreads them, rather than allowing for so many different colors. If we select the radius to be quite large, we lose the detail.
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    Zoom out in the background by pressing "Ctrl" and "-" together.
    Note that the image almost looks like a painting when we have the radius increased.
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    Click and drag the slider underneath the word "Threshold" to the right.
    As we slide to the right, we see the detail increasing again. It resharpens the image in many respects. Experiment with the sliders. We can get really interesting effects with this.
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    Click in either of the fields next to "Radius" or "Threshold" and type in a number.
    This is an alternate way to change these options. This can be useful once we're more used to working with Photoshop CS6, and we may already know what number we want to use as a starting point.
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    Click "OK" or "Cancel" to either accept or reject the changes.
    We will click "OK" to add our changes to the canvas. Note that this doesn't save it to the image. We will still have to save normally to make the change permanent. If we change our minds now, we can click "Edit" and step backwards. We have shown you how to do this in another tutorial.
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    This is a VisiHow video.
    I've just shown you how you can edit dust and scratches from a picture in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to add them to the section below, and we'll do our best to get back to you.
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