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Use Capture NX 2 to remove stray hairs

Discussion in 'Retouching and Post Processing' started by raygun, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. raygun


    Nov 17, 2007
    Can anyone show me or tell me how to remove stray hairs from a photo using Capture 2 NX. I have tried the healing tool and gaussian blur, but they don't do the job precisely enough. I need a tool something like the clone brush in PS, but I do not want to use PS at all.

    Test photo with stray hairs everywhere (worst case...start anywhere...):

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  2. Auto retouch is the only thing i can see working for this. Might have to use a real this brush to get it right. Tried to copy your image and do it for fun but it's a bitmap.
  3. raygun


    Nov 17, 2007
    Thomas, I changed the link

    You should be able to download a jpeg of the file now.:smile:
  4. DRGSin


    Nov 29, 2007
    Im still getting a bitmap. what am I doing wrong?
  5. Hi Raygun --
    I liked your Frost quote !!

    My own thought is that NX2's BandAid thing is not quite up to the cloning job
    that is really needed to deal with this kind of hair halo we get in outdoor portraits.

    So there really is nothing to do but just deal with it by going to Photoshop
    as the very last step.
    Save your final NEF in NX2, then do a "Save As" and choose a TIFF setting.
    Edit the TIFF in PS to clone out the flying hair.
    Then you can convert the TIFF in either PS or NX2 to whatever size Jpg
    you need for display online.

    Maybe eventually we'll get a better cloning tool in NX2, I hope, I hope !!

    BTW, I don't have the big Photoshop -- I use the little,
    much less expensive(!) Photoshop Elements 6
    for this kind of last step editing after working in NX2.
  6. raygun


    Nov 17, 2007
    Thanks annedi!

    I'm wondering if the smaller version of PS takes up a lot less memory? PS-CS3 is a very large space hog and memory hog, and if I leave it alone for more than a day, it just freezes (memory leak). I'd like to get rid of it entirely, and maybe Elements is an option?
  7. raygun


    Nov 17, 2007
    DRGSin, you are correct about the bitmap!

    I don't know what to do, as the images I've posted are both jpg's. Not sure why NikonCafe converts them to bmp (which I've never used)?

    you could try to go directly to:

  8. PeteZ28


    Oct 5, 2007
    Newtown, PA
    Try clearing your temporary internet files, and restarting your browser. Happens to me sometimes on Internet Explorer.
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