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Patch Tool

The Patch tool (which is hidden under the Healing Brush, and looks like a Band-Aid in the Tools palette) is one of the most innovative yet simple tools I've ever seen Adobe come up with. The general concept is simple. You select an area of your image that needs to be touched up (maybe a blemish on skin)(Figure 18.1), and then you click in the middle of the selection and drag it to an area of your image that has similar texture but with no blemishes. As you move your mouse, Photoshop will preview the area you're going to copy from in the area you initially selected (Figure 18.2). Then, when you release the mouse button, Photoshop does an amazing job of blending the second area into the first (Figure 18.3). It makes sure that the brightness and color is consistent with what was on the edge of the original selection, and it blends the texture from the second area with that color. You simply have to try it to see what I mean.

Figure 18.1. Original image. (©2003 Stockbyte, www.stockbyte.com)



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