Let’s imagine there’s a person in this world who takes pictures of food.
Right, that’s definitely easy to imagine.
Okay. Now let’s take this idea one step further and assume that the person sometimes doesn’t like crumbs in her (his) pictures and feels a strong need to remove them.
Oh yeah, that’s a little weird. I agree. Maybe that person should see someone.
Well, I don’t know whether a person like that exists.
I totally don’t!
But if she (or he) hypothetically lived somewhere and had such bizarre things on her mind and so much time on her hands then this might be what she (or he) would do to get rid of the crumbs:
She (or he) would:
1. Open the picture in Photoshop.
2. In the Layers palette, click on the Background layer and then press Ctrl+J (Mac: Command+J) to create a duplicate layer. Leave this new layer selected (highlighted).
3. Choose the Healing Brush Tool from the left-hand Tool palette.
4. On the tool options bar, set the brush diameter to a suitable size – you need it to be big enough to cover the crumbs.
5. Choose a part of the picture without a crumb which is close to the spot with the crumb. This is done to get a similar color and texture to replace the crumb with. Alt+click (Mac: Option+click) on the crumb-less spot.
6. Move the circle over the crumb and click your mouse. This should place the sample right over the crumb.
Repeat this as often as needed.
Feel free to use this tool to replace any irregularities – crumbs, dust, wrinkles or people’s heads.