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Re: Anyone have a good way to remove filter spots

Here is my attempt.



Done in Photoshop Elements 12. I defined four masks: the top half of the bright red flare above the tree, the half below, the "shadow" from the flare to the right and down, and a sliver along the top of the hedge on the right. The first three were all circular (with bits removed where they intersected) which made it easy, refined by adding a 2 pixel feather and shifting outwards slightly. Add each mask to a Huse/Saturation filter. Select the "red" channel, then use the eyedropper to refine the colour by selecting the colour of the flare in the picture. Reduce the saturation and lightness keeping just a hint of the red - as we are not after black and white. Then shift the hue a tad from red to something that approaches brown so it blends in better. I chose different masks for the 4 main flare areas as they needed different adjustments. Finally I flattened the image and just pixel tweaked it where the top half of the main blob was by cloning from either side just to enhance some detail.
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