Using the spot removal brush, highlight the branch. Lightroom will then pick a section of the picture to replace your highlight with. If you don't like LR's choice, you can drag the replacement to another section of the picture.
See this video:
For branches against sky the LR5 Healing Tool will work well; for a branch in front of a detailed object like a bird, PS's Content Aware Healing will be better. It is the primary reason why I bought PS Elements to supplement LR.
Thanks for responding.
I discovered that you can still see traces of the branch and the area can look kind of smeared for lack of a better term. Doesn't look natural.
It's obvious the area was tampered with/changed from it's original state. I;m getting better results with clone as opposed to heal, although its far from ideal.
Sorry, I don't get the last part of your instructions.
Do you want me to drag what Lightroom put (i.e the replacement) over the area being corrected somewhere else?
If I do that the branch reappears. Please advise/clarify. Thanks.
Nikon D90 Gent II wrote:
Often part of the bird will be bisected by a twig which can't be fixed.
Many times this can be fixed in Photoshop but probably not with the clone tool in Lightroom. Heavy duty cloning is a job for Photoshop or Elements. You can do undetectable branch removal with the Content Aware brush in Photoshop/Elements, sometimes doing a little cleanup with the Photoshop/Elements clone tool. I have removed radio collars and branches from critters with very little work.
I agree with you.
It seems like the area of a branch or even a twig is too big an area for LR to handle.
What I don't get is the smeared/smudged area that results from an attempt to fix a "spot".
Can one get rid of that?
Do you want me to drag what Lightroom put (i.e the replacement) over the area being corrected somewhere else? If I do that the branch reappears. Please advise/clarify.
No, he meant to drag the source to another location. Frequently LR's choice of a source area can be improved upon. Sometimes it is very far off.
Still navigating the learning curve!
Thanks for making that point clear.