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Retouching in Quick Edit

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 12

Video: Retouching in Quick Edit

You can't always control the content of your images. Often there is something that you want to illuminate from the photo. For example birds fly into the edge of your photo as they did here just as I was shooting this photo of Sacre-Coeur in Paris. Or maybe you are taking a portrait and you'd noticing some (UNKNOWN) in the model skin or maybe your're shooting in a city and there is some unwanted telephone wires in the sky. Often, you can eliminate content like that right here in the quick edit work space without having to go into the expert edit work space to use the retouching tools there.

Retouching in Quick Edit

You can't always control the content of your images. Often there is something that you want to illuminate from the photo. For example birds fly into the edge of your photo as they did here just as I was shooting this photo of Sacre-Coeur in Paris. Or maybe you are taking a portrait and you'd noticing some (UNKNOWN) in the model skin or maybe your're shooting in a city and there is some unwanted telephone wires in the sky. Often, you can eliminate content like that right here in the quick edit work space without having to go into the expert edit work space to use the retouching tools there.

And that's because the quick edits work space does offer a couple of retouching tools in its toolbar. Those are located right here. The Spot healing brush tool and down here in the Tool options for the Spot healing brush a related healing brush tool. Let's start with the Spot healing brush tool. I like to leave all of the options at their defaults when I use this tool in Quick edit. The most important of which is content aware. Now what this tool is going to do is take the patch from somewhere near the unwanted content, somewhere near this bird.

And cover the bird with that patch of what I call good pixels and when content aware is selected, the tool will make an extra effort to blend that patching with the surrounding texture. And lighting and color of the clouds. So let's see how it does at covering up this bird. I'll move my cursor over the bird, and I want the size of this brush tip to be slightly bigger than the area that I want to cover. So, I'm going to use the right bracket key on my keyboard, which is near the P key. To enlarge the brush tip until it's just bigger than this bird.

If you need to make the brush tip smaller then use the left bracket key. And then I'm simply going to click on the bird. And in just a moment it's gone, as if it never existed. Now sometimes when you apply this Spot healing brush you may not get a perfect result like this. So what are your options? Well you do have another tool here that you can true to use and that is the Healing brush tool. So let's try the Healing brush tool on the other bird. I'll select the Healing brush tool. I'll leave all those options at their defaults, and I'll move into the image. Now with this tool, I get to tell elements the location of the good pixels, the pixels that I want to sample and use as a patch.

So I'll move my brush tip near to the bird. Then I'll hold down the Alt key, that's the Option key on a Mac, and that changes the brush tip to this target symbol. I'll click with my cursor to sample those pixels. And then I'll move over the bird and I get a preview of how this patch is going to look on top of the bird. Well, that's not bad. I see that I'm just going to have to drag down. So I'll try that. I'll click and I'll drag down. The cross hair indicates the location from which the good pixels are being sampled. The circle indicates the destination where the patch is being laid down.

And when I release my mouse I have an almost perfect patch over that bird. Now if you saw this image you'd probably never guess that those two birds were flying into my photo. Thanks to the Spot healing brush tool and the Healing brush tool, here in the Quick Edit workspace.

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