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Removing power lines from a photo with Photoshop

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.

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  1. Rc Rc
    January 22, 2013    

    Thank you for this very helpful information. I too am using PHOTOSHOP CS5 and have a photo of my wife that has to be at least 50 years old. I took the photo and scanned it, only to have the scanner pick-up the dark “FOLDS” that were on the 50+ year old photograph. Was going crazy trying how to figure how to remove the “dark folded” lines until I came across your video…..Thank you for very much for your help…….Rc(it came out very well!)

  2. October 22, 2012    

    @David Glad you found the tutorial useful 🙂 CJ

    • Meera Meera
      November 22, 2015    

      hello , i have a photo that is code on it but there is a black circle in the code how can i remove it

  3. Davud Olivant Davud Olivant
    October 21, 2012    

    Many thanks…much appreciated the simplicity and clarity of your presentation has saved me hours of work.



  4. February 3, 2012    

    Thank you so much for your tutorial that you have so generously shared. After doing a quick search to find out how to do something within Photoshop CS5 , I came across this article and it showed me exactly how to achieve what I was trying to do.

    Thank you very much once again for you great tutorial Cari!


  5. diego solís diego solís
    January 15, 2012    

    Good tutorial, thank you

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