How to Remove Scratches with Paint Shop Pro

Using the scratch removal tool on Paint Shop Pro to remove scratches is very effective. There are two types of scratch tool presets to choose from, one is for large scratches and the other is for small scratches. The tool uses different parts of the surrounding image to duplicate the different colors, and allow for a matching color to take the place of the scratch.

Step 1: Save a Copy

It is not required, but highly recommended, to save the original, and work on a copy of the image. That way, if any mistakes are made on the image while you are "fixing" it, then all is not lost. Right click on the image and click on copy, then save it to your computer or the Paint Shop Pro program.

Step 2: Locate the Scratches

Some scratches will be more visible than others. Locate the scratches or folds in the scanned photo or digital image, and choose the Scratch removal tool from the tool bar on your screen. It looks like a picture of a photo with a large tear or scratch in it. If you do not see the tool right away, then click on the arrow next to the clone brush, and select the scratch removal tool from there.

Step 3: Select a Scratch

Use either the square edged tool or the beveled edge tool to cover the scratch. Use the one that best covers the scratch without interfering with other parts of the image. Your icon will change to something that looks almost like a putty knife. Place the icon on one end of the scratch, and drag the scratch tool along the scratch. Do not allow the edges to touch the scratch, but rather to surround it. This will give you a better result. While holding down the mouse button, you can use the 'page up' or 'page down' buttons to lengthen the box area, or use the arrow keys to increase the width of the box. You only need to do this if your scratch comes into contact with the guides on the side of the tool. Once you let go of the mouse, the area that you selected will be repaired. You can click the undo button if you are not happy with your first try.

Step 4: Repeat and Detail

Repeat the same steps for other scratches on the image. If you have areas that have multiple colors or textures, then you will need to do many different sections of scratch removal. Each color should be treated as a different scratch. This will make your result much more pleasing to the eye than using the same line for a scratch with many different qualities in the photo.

Step 5: Compare and Save

Compare the repaired image side by side to the original image that you previously saved. You will be able to determine if the scratch removal is satisfactory or if you accidentally distorted something in the image. If you did distort something, then you can go back and redo that portion until it is satisfactory.

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