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I’ve been doing retouching for about 16 years now and I’ve fixed a lot of photos. But dust and scratches was one of the things that took me a few years to find the best method of working quickly to fix. The solution I found was to do an aggressive dust and scratches on a copy of your dusty scan layer and then mask it out completely, then painting back the cleaned layer only in the spots that need it:
This technique works really well for cleaning up unbiased renders like Octane, that can leave blips that look like dead pixels.
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