Removing spots, dust and distractions

Removing spots, dust and distractions, Beyond the shot

Discover how to use Canon's DPP software to rid your images of sun spots, dust and distractions

Use it to
Clone good areas
The tool works by cloning a 'good' area and covering the 'bad' area, enabling you to quickly erase annoying elements.
Alternate method
For faster coverage, use the Select Copy Source to speed things up.

We've all been there; you've found the perfect scene or subject so you've cued up a lovely composition, perfected the exposure, ensured an accurate white balance only to get home and find something that's stolen the focus for the wrong reasons. It could be a jot of dust, a blazing sunspot or something that's too distracting to stay. Thankfully Canon's DPP software provides just the tool for the job; a stamp that clones and covers these unwanted blights, leaving you with literally spotless, and lawless images.

1 Trimmed bush
Using the Crop tool, we removed the distracting leaves that were hunched around at the edge of the frame

2 Spot be gone
Using the DPP's Select Copy Source tool, we were able to get rid of the sunspot in seconds

3 The offending article
The sunspot is stealing the focus of the shot. DPP's clone-like tool is a quick way of getting rid of it

Clone and cover

Sunspots, dust marks, dead pixels, a floating head; all these things and more can drag the focus from your carefully composed focal point and onto itself. An unwanted element such as one of these things can instantly ruin a photo, staring out at the world like an obnoxious zit. Have no fear though, DPP is here to save the day, as it offers a user-friendly clone-like stamp that can absorb an area around the of ending article and cover it quickly and completely so that no-one ever need know it was there. The trick with this tutorial is to get nice and close to the article so that the cover-up is as discreet as it can be and any damage is limited to the smallest possible area.


Remove articles

1 Make a selection
Open DPP and locate the image to edit using the Source panel on the left. Once selected, plump for the Quick Check option, opening preview-style suite where you can zoom in close to find all offending articles.   

2 Edit time
Go back to the library screen and click on Edit Image from the tab choices at the top. Once in the Edit suite, click on the Magnification drop-down menu and from the pop-up panel, select 200%. Next move the cursor to where the article is.   

3 Copy to cover
Choose the tab on the tool palette that is highlighted with a stamp. Click on Select Copy Source, find a 'good' area in the image and then click on the bad area to conceal it. You can use the slider to influence the size of the spot.


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