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Chapter 16. Retouching > Spot Healing Brush Tool

Spot Healing Brush Tool

The new Spot Healing brush is an awesome addition to Photoshop which makes quick work of removing tiny defects in most images. It uses the same concepts as the Healing brush and Patch tool. The only difference is that it does not require you to choose an area of clean texture to copy from. Instead, it analyzes the surrounding area and attempts to find appropriate texture. All you have to do is click and drag over a defect that needs to be removed and Photoshop does the rest. When you click and drag, the area that will be retouched will first become covered in black. When you release the mouse button, you'll see the results of the retouching (Figures 16.30 to 16.32). If the results don't look good, try dragging over the defect a second time and Photoshop will use a different area to pull texture from. If there are no clean areas of texture surrounding the defect you're attempting to retouch, try using the Create Texture setting in the Options bar (Figure 16.33), which will cause Photoshop to create its own texture based on the surrounding image. This setting is especially useful on images that are scratched or have a lot of detail in the surrounding area (Figure 16.34).

Figure 16.30. Original image.



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