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Chapter 18. Retouching > Healing Brush Tool

Healing Brush Tool

The Healing Brush works using the same general concepts as the Patch tool. It attempts to patch a defect in your image using the texture from another area while blending all the edges with the surrounding colors. The main difference is that the Patch tool works by moving a selection, whereas the Healing Brush allows you to paint over the area that needs to be repaired. To use it, you'll first have to Option-click (Mac) or Alt-click (Windows) on the area you would like to use to fix an area (Figure 18.20), and then click and drag across the area that needs fixing (Figure 18.21). When you do that, be sure to cover the entire area without releasing the mouse button. Once you let go, Photoshop will check out the edges of the area you covered to make sure your “patch” blends with the color and brightness that is in the surrounding area (Figure 18.22). You might need to use a soft-edged brush to get a good blend (Figures 18.23 and 18.24). Just make sure that you choose your brush from the Brush drop-down menu in the options bar. This tool will ignore the stand-alone Brushes palette because it doesn't use the advanced settings available in that palette. I prefer to use a brush with a Hardness setting between 50% and 75%.

Figure 18.20. Option- or Alt-clicking on the original image to choose the area to sample from. (©2003 Stockbyte, www.stockbyte.com)



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