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Chapter 7. Working with Adjustment Layer... > Using the Healing Brush and Patch To...

Using the Healing Brush and Patch Tools

Since these tools have become my favorite tools for working and correcting problems with digital images. The Healing Brush tool allows you to correct small imperfections, making them disappear into the surrounding image. This tool works from a sample of the original image, and then matches the texture, lighting, transparency, and shading of the sampled pixels into the source pixels. If an image contains a lot of random noise, before working with the Healing brush try lowering the amount of noise with the new Reduce Noise filter. Once applied you can use the Healing brush to clean up the rest of the troubled areas. The Patch tool works with the Healing Brush tool. It takes a sample and matches the texture, lighting, transparency, and shading of the sample to the source, creating an almost seamless repair of the image. You can also use the Patch tool to clone isolated areas of an image. When you use healing operations in a separate layer, you gain control over the process; you can even use the opacity and blending mode settings to further control the healing process. Always use the Healing brush in a separate layer… always.


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