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Lesson 4. Retouching and Repairing > Using the Spot Healing Brush tool

Using the Spot Healing Brush tool

The next task to be done is to remove the boat and its wake from the upper area of the image. You could do this with the Clone Stamp tool, but instead you’ll use another technique. You’ll use the Spot Healing Brush to paint out the wake and boat.

Painting with the Spot Healing Brush

The Spot Healing Brush tool quickly removes blemishes and other imperfections from photos. It works similarly to the Healing Brush: It paints with sampled pixels from an image or pattern and matches the texture, lighting, transparency, and shading of the sampled pixels to the pixels being healed. But unlike the Healing Brush (which you’ll use later in this lesson), the Spot Healing Brush doesn’t require you to specify a sample spot. It automatically samples from around the retouched area.

The Spot Healing Brush is excellent for retouching blemishes in portraits, but it will also work nicely in this image of the boat on water, because the water has a uniform, muted appearance across the top of the image.

In the toolbox, select the Spot Healing Brush tool ().

On the tool options bar, click the Brush pop-up menu and make the brush larger, about 30 pixels in diameter.

Drag with the Spot Healing Brush in the image window across the wake and the small passing motor boat in the background. You can use one stroke or successive strokes; paint until you are satisfied with the results. As you drag, the stroke at first appears dark gray, but when you release the mouse, the painted area is “healed.”

You’ll add just one final tweak to this retouching project, and then you’ll be finished.

In the Layers palette, click to place an eye icon () in the CREW layer so that the text is visible in the image window.

Choose File > Save, and then close the 04A_Start.psd file.

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