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I wanted to "clean" a car using Photoshop but Healing tool etc. don't work good enough to remove the dirt.

It looks like this:

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Use the Lasso Tool to make partial selections areas and go to menu FilterNoiseDust and Scratches... or FilterNoiseMedian

Before:

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After:

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With adjusted Levels and Median:

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    ...I always thought 'Dust and Scratches' was there to add said elements rather than remove them. +1! – Vincent Feb 12 at 9:31
  • The only one option to "add" is Add noise. Despeckle, Dust & Scratches, Median and Reduce Noise are to remove in different levels. Dust & Scratches is perfect for photo negative scratches. For this question I think Median fits better. – Danielillo Feb 12 at 9:45
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    Good use of "dust and scratches". I normally only think if it being dust and scratches on a negative scan, not a car! haha. I might try it on self-portraits in the future! – mayersdesign Feb 12 at 11:45
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    Is the OP aware that this only changes the image? The physical will stay as dirty as before. I'm in CS6 right now - maybe it's fixed in CC :-) – Wolff Feb 12 at 13:07
  • I fixed it using shadow/highlights and a lot of color correction, it made the job. – mrcl_lxwen Feb 15 at 12:41

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