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Chapter 9. Take Me Away: Removing Unwant... > Removing Distracting Objects (Patch ... - Pg. 251

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Three: Once your selection is in place, click your cursor inside the selected area (the cur- sor will change to an arrow) and drag the entire selection into an area of the photo that has a similar texture and color (like I have here, where I dragged into some open sky). Step Four: When you release the mouse, the Patch tool's selection snaps back to its original location (where you first drew it), and it erases what was there. Ahh, now you see the problem: Where the edges of the selection meet the rest of the crane, it's all smudged. As bad as it looks here, believe it or not, this is pretty mild com- pared to what often happens when the area you're patching isn't isolated. The Patch tool only gives you a clean patch- job if you can drag a selection around the entire object without hitting an edge. Step Five: Undo this patch-job by pressing Command-Z (PC: Control-Z), and then deselect by pressing Command-D (PC: Control-D). Now we'll try get- ting around that limitation: Press S to switch to the Clone Stamp tool, and Option-click (PC: Alt-click) to sample an area below the crane. Continued Removing Unwanted Objects Chapter 9 251