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Chapter 3. Cloning, Patching, and Healing > Working with the Patch Tool

Working with the Patch Tool

The Patch tool works something like the Healing Brush. However, you grab a selected area you want to use as a patch (much like cutting out a piece of rubber you’re going to glue over a hole in an inner tube), and paste the patch over the area to be fixed. As with the Healing Brush, the patch takes into account the texture and other attributes of the area being fixed and merges smoothly.

Interestingly, the Patch tool can be used in two different ways. You can define the area you want to use as the patch first, and drag it over to the destination. Or, you can define the area to be fixed, and then drag it to a portion of your image containing the texture you want to apply to it. It’s easy to decide which mode to use. If the size and shape of the patch isn’t critical (say, the defective area is surrounded by tones that are similar), go ahead and define the patch first (mark the Source button in the Options bar), and then drag the patch over to the area to be mended. Figure 3.10 shows an image before and after patching. Unless you look closely and compare the two images, you’d never know that the shelf of books above the kids’ heads in the top version has been smoothly replaced with a whole new shelf of books in the bottom version. The “patch” is seamless.


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