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Your New Favorite Feature in ACDSee Pro 7 is….

2013-10-02 22:28:11 GMT

… Drum roll please… the new Repair Tool! Now, normally I wouldn’t tell you what your favorite features would be. But this time around, there is no denying it! ACDSee Pro 7’s new Repair Tool is like a dream come true for many photographers.

There are two options available for the Repair Tool: the Healing Brush and the Cloning Brush.

When you select the Healing Brush, the Repair Tool copies pixels from one area of a photo to another, but it analyzes the pixels in the source area before copying them. It also analyzes the pixels in the target area, and then blends the pixels of both source and target, to match the surrounding area. This ensures that the lighting and color of the replacement pixels integrate with the surrounding area. The Healing Brush works particularly well with photos that involve complicated textures like skin or fur.

When you select the Cloning Brush, the Repair Tool copies the exact pixels from one area of a photo to another, creating an identical image area. The Cloning Brush is more effective for photos that have strong, simple textures or uniform colors, as it is more difficult to identify the copied pixels in the finished photo.

Some flaws you might want to get rid of with the Repair Tool could include:

  • Skin blemishes
  • Telephone wires and other unwanted objects
  • Flash flares from snowflakes or windows
  • Lens scratches and water drops

Here are step-by-step instructions to help you remove those flaws from a photo:

  1. In Edit mode, in the Repair group click Repair Tool.
  2. Select one of the following: Heal or Clone.
  3. Drag the Nib Width and Feathering sliders.
    Note: Nib Width sets the width of the brush. The maximum brush width is relative to the size of your image. Feathering sets the amount to feather on the edge of the brush to prevent sharp transitions between the original and healed part of the photo.
  4. Right-click the image to set a source location. Pixels will be copied from this location and used in the target location.
  5. Click and drag over the area that you want to cover. if you selected the healing brush, ACDSee Pro analyzes and replaces the pixels when you release the mouse button.
  6. Do one of the following:
    - Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
    - Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.

QUICK TIP! Scroll with your mouse to adjust the brush size on the fly, or press the SHIFT key while you scroll to adjust feathering.

Have fun making your photos flawless!