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Using the healing tools


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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

with Ted LoCascio

Video: Using the healing tools

With this movie I would like to show you how to retouch an image using the Healing Brush and the Spot Healing Brush tools. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing out exercise files folders. I'm going to go ahead and scroll down here in the Content panel and I'm going to access the Chapter 11 folder, Retouching. Double-click on that and then we will double-click on the healing tools folder and here we have retouching_2.jpg, let's double-click that image to open it up here in the Elements' Editing workspace. So what I would like to do is show you how to use the Healing tools in order to clean up some of the areas along the face and on the hands. Let's take a look at those tools. They are over here in the Tools palette, click over here and hold down. You can see we have actually two tools. We have the Spot Healing Brush Tool and the Healing Brush Tool. Now these are two similar things but they work slightly differently. I would like to start with the Healing Brush, let's start there.
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training
8h 22m Beginner Sep 29, 2008

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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Identifying photos by name, keyword, rating, and label
  • Locating photos with searches, filters, collections, and stacks
  • Using automated red-eye correction and sharpening tools
  • Making detailed color and tone corrections
  • Using Photomerge on faces and groups
  • Working with filters, artwork, and other image customizations
  • Scrapbooking
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Ted LoCascio

Using the healing tools

With this movie I would like to show you how to retouch an image using the Healing Brush and the Spot Healing Brush tools. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing out exercise files folders. I'm going to go ahead and scroll down here in the Content panel and I'm going to access the Chapter 11 folder, Retouching. Double-click on that and then we will double-click on the healing tools folder and here we have retouching_2.jpg, let's double-click that image to open it up here in the Elements' Editing workspace. So what I would like to do is show you how to use the Healing tools in order to clean up some of the areas along the face and on the hands. Let's take a look at those tools. They are over here in the Tools palette, click over here and hold down. You can see we have actually two tools. We have the Spot Healing Brush Tool and the Healing Brush Tool. Now these are two similar things but they work slightly differently. I would like to start with the Healing Brush, let's start there.

Now the way the Healing Brush works is you need to sample from an area in the image that you would like to draw from as your source, and then click and drag over the area that you would like to fix. What it does is it refers to that source area and blends into the image so that things look smooth. That's the beauty of the tool. So this is great for retouching areas of skin, removing wrinkles, crows' feet and those kind of things. So let's go ahead and zoom in some. I'm going to go ahead and hold down on the Command key and the Spacebar key and then click and drag right over Evelyn's face here.

So now what I would like to do is go ahead and draw from an area in the image as my source, but you know what? Before I do, I want to mention something. If I were to go ahead and start using the tool on this background layer in the Layers palette, we will be affecting the pixels in this image permanently. Yes, we could undo, but rather work that way I think I would like to work nondestructively and apply all of my retouching on a separate layer so that the original layer, the background, remains untouched. That means should I make a mistake, I could always throw away the layer and start all over again, rather than having to rely on Undo or saving in million different versions of this image so that we always have an original. So the better thing to do is just create a new layer, let's do that first.

Click the Create New Layer button, double-click on this here and name it, let's name it retouch, press Return to apply that name. Then up here, in the Tool options notice we have this one at the end that says All Layers, Samples source data from composite data so we will click on that. That's going to allow us to sample our source from the background layer underneath, but then apply the Retouching on the Retouch layer because that's what we have selected in the Layers palette. So this is a nice nondestructive way to work. Let's zoom in a little more, Command+Plus, Command+Plus. I'm going to go ahead and now I'm going to hold down the Option key and click right around here in a neighboring smooth skin area, hold down that key and click in order to target my source area. Then I'm going to hover over the area that I want to remove or heal, and click and drag down to remove that wrinkle.

You see what happened, and it did this now on the Retouch layer. I can turn off the visibility for that layer; you can see the background layer has remained untouched. So that's a nice nondestructive way to work. We can continue to do this to clean up our image, let's go ahead and resize the brush again, this time we can use the left bracket key, just like we have been with any of our tools that use a brush. Hold down the Option key again to sample this area above and then click and drag over at this slight wrinkle there. Let's see what else we can do here.

We have got some more on the other side. Evelyn actually has very good skin so we don't have to do too much here actually. I'm going to hold down the Option key, sample just above and then click and drag down. So something else to keep in mind here is that you don't want to overdo it. I'm not kind of going here and fix every little tiny, tiny wrinkle on her face because then this would appear unnatural. So we want to be sort of true to the subject. We don't want to do anything unrealistic, we just want to kind of help out a little bit here and that's what we're doing.

I'm going to remove some of the lines down here above her lip, let's do that, Option-click next to it in order to target the source and we will remove that there as well. I'm going to Option- click here, click and drag. You see what it's doing, all on a separate layer too. Option-click and then click and drag, Option-click, click and drag. Now notice that as I do this, I'm going to do one more time, Option-click and then click and drag. As I'm clicking and dragging you can see the target, the Source Target icon moving along with the brush. That's showing us where it's sampling the pixels from. So sometimes it's good to keep an eye on that, because if you sample on a weird location and then you keep dragging, it may drag into an area that you actually don't want to sample from. That will change the way things appear when you finish with the tool. All right, so be careful with that.

So that's looking pretty good to me. You can see the before, the after. Let's zoom out a little bit and take a look at of all that. Before, after. That's not entirely unrealistic either and if we wanted to we could also reduce the opacity of the layer, and let a little bit of the original image show through. So we're sort of softening the effect. So there it is, it's 66%. There is the before and there is the after. It gives you a lot more control over the effect overall. Let's go ahead and bring that back up.

Next thing I want to do is show you how to use the Spot Healing Brush Tool, that's this one here. Now this one you don't have to sample anywhere inside of the image. All you need to do is to size the brush over the spot that you want to heal and then click. I have to also click on the All Layers option up here in order for that to work. There we go, clicking, removing blemishes. It's really only meant for that. Anything larger than that that you need to heal, you should use the Healing Brush or if it's really, really intricate maybe the Clone Tool, which we're going to discuss in a different movie. See now there the brush was a little too large and so it sampled from a neighboring edge and that's not what we want.

So I'm going to click Undo up here or press Command+Z, resize the brush making it a little smaller and then click right on it. Then we don't have that problem. So the size of the brush really does matter. We don't want it to be too large otherwise it's going to reach too far end of your image and sample from somewhere that you don't want it to. So you can do that and then let's go down to the hand, so couple of spots down here we can maybe fix up; nothing major, just a couple of small things. So what we have done here is use the Healing Brush Tool and the Spot Healing Brush in order to remove some blemishes and some wrinkles. We have done so on a separate layer that we named retouch. That gives us a little more control because we could lower the opacity if we would like in order to blend in the effect with the original image. And we have done all of this non-destructively.

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