Banish dust spots and other distractions in Capture NX-D, with George Cairns
Remove distracting elements from a scene with Capture NX-D’s Auto Retouch Brush
When shooting fleeting or impatient subjects such as animals it can be a case of shoot first and worry about removing any distracting background objects in the composition later. As I shot the start image for this tutorial, for example, I wanted to capture the dog standing in the pumpkin patch, but I didn’t have time to worry about distracting objects such as the car passing in the background.
If I was using Photoshop it would be a simple matter to spray over objects such as the car with the Content-Aware Spot Healing Brush and it would be replaced by nearby appropriate pixels.
Capture NX-D’s equivalent of Photoshop’s Spot Healing Brush is the Auto Retouch Brush. When you spray this tool’s brush tip over an object such as a sensor spot, it samples an adjacent clean patch and then transplants the sampled pixels over the sensor spot to hide it. As this process is automatic, the tool works best when used to remove objects that are in areas such as a clear blue sky. Unlike with Photoshop’s Healing Brush tool, though, you can’t choose a specific area to sample with the Retouch Brush. So if you brush over an object in a busy area, it may get replaced with inappropriate details.
Despite the Auto Retouch Brush’s simplicity, it can be persuaded (with a little patient trial-and-error experimenting) to remove objects larger than sensor spots, even if they lie in a busy textured area. This can help you to remove distracting objects anywhere, to create a cleaner composition.