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Lesson 7. Retouching and Repairing > Using the Healing Brush on a duplicate lay...

Using the Healing Brush on a duplicate layer

For this project, you’ll work on a portrait photograph.

Choose Window > Workspace > Reset Palette Locations to move, reopen, and resize any palette groups that you rearranged in the previous project.

Use the File Browser button () on the tool options bar to open the File Browser, and double-click the 07C_Start.psd thumbnail to open the file.

You can close the File Browser now, or leave it open if you prefer.

In the Layers palette, drag the Background layer onto the New Layer button () at the bottom of the palette to create a duplicate layer. Double-click the new layer and type Retouch to rename the layer; leave the Retouch layer selected.

In the toolbox, select the Healing Brush tool (), which may be hidden under the Patch tool ().

In the tool options bar, open the pop-up Brush palette and set the brush diameter at 12 pixels. Close the palette and select the Aligned check box. Leave the other settings at the defaults (Normal selected as the Mode option and Sampled selected for Source).

Notice the two wrinkles running horizontally across the man’s forehead.

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click a smooth area of the forehead, on the left side of the image, to set the sample point. Then, drag the Healing Brush tool over the lower of the two forehead wrinkles.

As you drag, the image looks as if you must be doing something terribly wrong, because the painted pixels appear much, much darker than the man’s natural skin tones. However, when you release the mouse button the colors self-correct, so that the wrinkle is covered and the skin looks quite natural.

Continue painting with the Healing Brush tool to remove the upper forehead wrinkle and the furrow line between the eyebrows.



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