Dust, dirt, and wrinkles removing action set

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In product image retouching for online catalogues, cleaning is a major part of our work. We clean everything: background, skin, clothes, all sorts of products, etc. Fortunately, Photoshop has pretty nice algorithms that make removing dust and dirt on smooth surfaces a breeze! And if a surface is not smooth, well, we have frequency separation for that matter. Forget about meticulously clicking and dragging with the Healing Brush all over the image, wasting minutes of your precious time. Just run the action, grab a brush and remove it all for good!

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Photoshop CC 2017, 2018 or 2019 (English version) is required for this product to be used.

Removing dust and dirt on product images can be easy and fast. The DEFECTS set contains all the action you might need to clean dirty objects and backdrops in seconds as well as flatten wrinkles on clothes.

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The DEFECTS set consists of a few very simple, but efficient actions that are supposed to help you fight dust and dirt and other defects you may find on product images. The first two actions are just Frequencies splitting actions that don't create tons of additional layers, groups, and adjustment layers to make you confused and lost. They only make two layers each, one for the high frequency and one for the low frequency – to keep things short and easy. If you are not acquainted with the idea of frequency separation, take a break from the video, as there's a lot to learn. I'm not going to explain the technique.

The first action, which is called “Split_frequencies_highpass” gives you the High Pass prompt first where you pick the radius, and then it gives you the Gaussian Blur prompt where you have to enter the same radius as in the first prompt.

After entering two radii, you get your image split. The background layer is the original image, Layer 1 is the low frequency layer where you use the Mixer Brush, and the top layer is the high frequency layer where you use the Clone Stamp or Healing Brush.

The other action is called “Split_frequencies_blur” works just the same way, but it gives you the Gaussian Blur prompt first. Some people prefer it to the High Pass as they seem to be able to pick a radius more easily. Apart from that, there's no difference. You get the same layers and you do the same things afterward.

The third action in the set is called “Dust_medium”. After you've run it, you can use the Brush that becomes active to remove dust from the image. It's basically the Dust & Scratches filter effect applied locally with a brush. The settings usually allow you to remove dust on high-resolution images without much damage to the surface. Just remember that the Dust & Scratches algorithm is very destructive. You might want to tweak the filter settings if these particular settings don't work well on your particular images.

By the way, cleaning dust on high-res images might not be such a good idea, especially if you're going to significantly resize them. After resizing, most of the dust bits just disappear. And whatever is left can be cleaned with the “Dust_small” action that does the same as the “Dust_medium” action, but in a more subtle way.

Once again, you can use the “Dust_medium” action and clean dust on high-resolution images with a brush that becomes active. And you can use the “Dust_small” action to clean dust on images after resizing. If the actions settings are not working, rewrite the Dust & Scratches step and use some other settings, just remember that as the algorithm is destructive, it works best on relatively smooth surfaces, and if you use it on the edges, you won't like the effect at all.

The last dust cleaning action is supposed to be used on smooth surfaces only, but it's not as harmful to edges as the Dust & Scratches actions. After you've run it, you get a brush, just like before, and you use this brush to clean dust on high-resolution images, but only if there's no texture, just a smooth surface. It won't work on leather or textile, but it will do wonders on metal and plastic. And if you use it on some edges, nothing terrible will happen. By using the brush, I can clean this dirty ring pretty quickly.

There's one more action in the set, it's called “Background_cleaner”. You can use to clean dirty backdrops on high resolution images if they are smooth enough, that is, made of paper or plastic. Just run the action and use the brush to remove all the dirt from the backdrop. Just make sure that the tip of the brush is not very soft, or you might affect the model if you get too close.

The default settings of both filters that the action uses are not very radical. You can change that, or you can just keep in mind that the action won't eradicate huge spots of dirt completely. Personally, I prefer just smudging the worst of it with the Mixer Brush or removing with the Healing Brush before running the action. It only takes a few seconds. Once again, just run the action and use the brush on the background. Don't use the brush on the model as you will just destroy whatever texture there was. If I use the Levels to darken the image, you'll see that the area that I cleaned with the action, doesn't look posterized, there's no banding.

Don't waste your time on removing every single spot of dirt with the Healing tools, there's no need to when you can remove it all with one stroke of a brush.

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SET: DEFECTS

The actions in the set are not some kind of automatic clean-it-all magic. They don't bring any visual changes to the image at first, and in most cases, you have to apply the effect by using a brush.

The first two actions in the set are very simple and all they do is frequency splitting. The principles of the frequency separation technique are described HERE (LINK).  If you are not familiar with the technique, it's unlikely that you would benefit from using both actions. The rest of the actions are used to remove dust and dirt on smooth surfaces – where it is reasonable and possible.

Action 1: Split_frequencies_highpass
Type: Action, semi-automatic
When to run: in need of the split frequencies
Requires to run: RGB image. Can be used on a layer
What it does: being the most basic splitting action, creates two layers above the original layer or the background. The top layer is the high frequency layer, the layer below is the low frequency layer. A High Pass preview pops up in the process
Output: after the user has entered a value in the High Pass filter prompt, the action creates two layers above the original layer or the background. The top layer is the high frequency layer, the layer below is the low frequency layer
User intervention: the user has to set the radius for splitting
Possible alteration: the action can be made more complex by adding adjustments layers and groups, but there's beauty in simplicity

Action 2: Split_frequencies_blur
Type: Action, semi-automatic
When to run: in need of the split frequencies
Requires to run: RGB image. Can be used on a layer
What it does: being the most basic splitting action, creates two layers above the original layer or the background. The top layer is the high frequency layer, the layer below is the low frequency layer. A Gaussian Blur preview pops up in the process
Output: after the user has entered a value in the Gaussian Blur filter prompt, the action creates two layers above the original layer or the background. The top layer is the high frequency layer, the layer below is the low frequency layer
User intervention: the user has to set the radius for splitting
Possible alteration: the action can be made more complex by adding adjustments layers and groups, but there's beauty in simplicity

Action 3: Dust_medium
Type: Action, automatic
When to run: when you need to remove small moles or similar defects on a high-res image
Requires to run: RGB image. Can be used on a layer
What it does: lets the user apply the Dust&Scratches effect with the History Brush
Output: changes the current tool to the History Brush
User intervention: none
Possible alteration: you can change the settings of the Dust&Scratches filter

Action 4: Dust_small
Type: Action, automatic
When to run: when you need to remove small moles or similar defects on a low-res image
Requires to run: RGB image. Can be used on a layer
What it does: lets the user apply the Dust&Scratches effect with the History Brush
Output: changes the current tool to the History Brush
User intervention: none
Possible alteration: you can change the settings of the Dust&Scratches filter

Action 5: Dust_smooth
Type: Action, automatic
When to run: when you need to remove dust on a smooth surface, like metal
Requires to run: RGB image. Can be used on a layer
What it does: lets the user apply the Camera Raw Noise Reduction effect with the History Brush
Output: changes the current tool to the History Brush
User intervention: none
Possible alteration: it applies the strongest possible noise reduction effect, but you can change that by altering the Camera Raw settings

Action 6: Background_cleaner
Type: Action, automatic
When to run: when you need to clean a dirty backdrop
Requires to run: An 8-bit RGB image. The action doesn't handle large chunks of dirt, so it's very reasonable to smudge the worst of it with the Mixer Brush prior to running the action
What it does: the action switches to the 16-bit mode, applies filters to get rid of the dirt and some noise, then reverts to the original image state so that you could apply the effect with the History Brush
Output: changes the current tool to the History Brush
User intervention: none
Possible alteration: you can change the settings of the filters, and you can switch off the 16-bit conversion if you work in 16-bit

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