Removing Dust with Photoshop

I’ve been scanning old slides and negatives lately. No matter how much I try to clean the film and the scanner, each scan ends up with visible dust marks.

I used to use the Photoshop clone stamp tool to copy a nearby color over the dust mark, but I found a method that I like better on this page.

It’s still a tedious process depending on the amount of dust in the scan, but the new method is a little easier. But if I ever shell out for another film scanner, I’m getting one with dust removal built-in to the software!

I hope to have some new photos online soon.