Photoshop CS5 introduces us to a very cool new tool, the Content-Aware Spot Healing Brush Tool a true power tool, that has many different uses. You can use it to get rid of blemishes in an image, such as spot in a persons face, clean-up rubbish or loose leaves that might lay on a lawn in a real estate photo, remove tears or scratches in old photographs you’ve scanned in, and if power lines interfere with a great photo composition you can pretend there was underground power instead by removing the power lines 😉
Removing power lines (video)
Using the Spot Healing Brush tool is all about ‘just’ cutting into the background that you want to use to replace the content you are painting over. Make the brush size you use to paint just that little bit larger than the power line (or scratch) you want to remove from the image. Check out the video to see the tool in action.