DxO PhotoLab 3: Redesigned Repair Tool

DxO PhotoLab 3 introduces a redesigned Repair tool, now allowing you to choose the source of your repair point, adjust the feathering and opacity of the repair, and switch between repair and traditional cloning. This is all controlled from a new Repair palette, bringing more power than ever to DxO PhotoLab for retouching your photos.

The Redesigned DxO PhotoLab 3 Repair Tool

Let’s have a quick look at the interface of the redesigned repair tool. It’s pretty straight forward, but it’s still helpful to have a look at it.

To activate Repair, click the “bandaid” (or, “plaster” if you’re English!) icon in the toolbar:

Once that’s open, in the lower left you’ll see the the new palette:

From the top of that palette, the Mode selector lets you switch between Repair and Clone modes. You can change this before or after you paint over the object you want to remove. The Size slider sets the size of your brush. You can also change the brush size by scrolling your mouse while holding down Command (Mac) or Control (Windows). The Feather slider changes how soft the edge of the brush is. This can be adjusted after you add a Repair point; just select it, then adjust this slider to change the feathering. You can also change the brush feathering by scrolling your mouse while holding down the Shift key. The Opacity slider controls how the opacity of the repair or clone, allowing you to completely or only partially cover up whatever you’re brushing over. This can also be changed after you’ve already added a repair or clone to your image. The blue Repair icon at the bottom simply toggles the palette on and off.

Finally, on the bottom right of window, you will see a checkbox and two buttons:

The Mask checkbox toggles the mask view on and off. You can leave this off while doing your repair work, and only enable it if you need to make adjustments. Reset will reset the entire Repair tool. (This is undo-able if you accidentally click it). Close will close the Repair tool, but since this is non-destructive, you can re-open the Repair tool at any time to make adjustments to your work. Basic blemish removal: how to remove blemishes from skin

To start, here’s a partial edit before and after:

In the next screenshot, you can see the masks that were applied. These are a combination of simple “click” to retouch (meaning just a single repair point was added) and “click and drag” to paint over an area you may want clean up. The tool works both ways.

The original image. You can see two blemishes; one in the center of the image and another just above and to the right of it. Here the repair has been set (painted over the top blemish, shown here as a light blue blob), and the source is right on top of the bottom blemish (shown as a dark skin-colored blob). This tells us that since

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