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How to repair photos using copy and paste

Image-editing skills that anyone can master

Let's face it, most of us buy image-editing software to make ourselves and our photography skills look better. But we don't need to be an expert to get some decent results.

In the following walkthrough, we'll show you how to repair damaged photos using that little-known function - copy and paste. Even the computer illiterate can master this one!

1. Most images can be corrected using the Clone tool, but occasionally an area will be too complex for this method. For instance, when we need to repair a large area of patterned fabric. For the best results, you should copy and paste from an unblemished area of the image.

Step 1

Step 1

2. Select the Freehand Selection tool from your tools palette. Unless you’re confident using a freehand tool, I’d suggest changing the selection type from its default ‘Freehand’ to the easier-to-use ‘Point to point’. This option can be found in the Settings palette above the workspace.

Step 2

Step 2

3. Adding Feather (also found in the Settings palette) to your tool will soften the pasted area’s edges, reducing the amount of editing you’ll need to do afterwards. Now choose an area that has a similar pattern to that of the damaged area. We’ve chosen an area with a similar shadow, directly above our damaged area.

Step 3

Step 3

4. Draw a path around the unblemished area by clicking to add points; close the path by double-clicking your final point. Make sure your selection is large enough to cover your damaged area. If there’s not enough undamaged image then you may have to duplicate your selection several times.

Step 4

Step 4

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