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Hour 21. Photo Repair—Black and White > Healing Brush and Patch Tools

Healing Brush and Patch Tools

Retouching has always been one of the major reasons why people buy and learn to use Photoshop. Recognizing this, the folks at Adobe have made the job easier with some tools specifically designed to touch up your photos. They are the Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush, and Patch tools.

The Healing Brush, which looks like a Band-Aid, can be applied to any kind of spot that needs removal. Instantly, it's gone, and without affecting anything but the spot. Sort of like digital zit cream. But it works quite differently, by using some fairly complicated math to average the texture, lighting, and shading of each group of pixels in order to locate the ones that are out of the normal range. Those nonconforming pixels represent the spot, and they're simply replaced by pixels that match the average tone that should be there. You can actually watch them change. Of course, you can heal any kind of surface, not just skin.


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