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In this movie, I'll show you a couple of tricks for working with the Healing Brushes, one of which allows you to change the appearance of your cursor so you can better see what you're doing, and the other allows you to heal at reduced levels of Opacity. I've saved my progress as More edits.psd, so called because I went ahead and used the Spot Healing Brush to correct about a dozen more blemishes on her skin, but I went ahead and left the big ones. I'm going to zoom in on her lip and you can see over here in the right-hand side that she has a little bit of roughness, and also looks like the lipstick is either being absorbed differently or it's not there all.
So let's go ahead and make that region a little more consistent by switching over to the Standard Healing Brush once again and I'm going to press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac in order to source this lower region of the lip. And then, I'll move my cursor up. Now sometimes it's a little bit hard to align details when you're seeing that white circle around the brush, and if you want to hide the white circle, then you can press the Caps Lock key. So just tap the Caps Lock key, and instead of the white circle round the brush, you'll see a cross on the inside and you also see the Brush Preview.
And then you can just go ahead and paint over the detail, like so, in order to heal that area way. If you paint into your brushstroke like I'm doing right now, notice those two crosses on screen. The upper right one is the destination, the lower left one is the source. If I move the source into the brushstroke, well, rather than repeating the detail, Photoshop is sourcing from the original appearance of the image, which is going to give you smoother results. All right, I'll go ahead and release that brush stroke and notice we get an awfully good-looking heal.
However, there are some repeated details going on. Now ideally, what I would have been able to do is reduce the Opacity of my brush up here in the Options bar. But while you have control over the Blend Mode, which may or may not prove to do you any good, you don't have any control for Opacity. Instead what you do, is you fade your last brush stroke by going to the Edit menu and choosing Fade Healing Brush, bearing in mind, of course, that you have to choose that command immediately after applying the brush stroke and before you do anything else to the image.
So I'll go ahead and choose the command and then I'll reduce the Opacity value. Notice I don't have control over the blend mode where healing is concerned, but I can reduce the Opacity. And as I do so, if I take it down, for example, to 0%, then I'll see the original version of that lip. And if I increase the Opacity, I'll bring back the healed version and at an opacity of about 70%, I think things end up looking really great. So I'll click OK in order accept that change. Let's go ahead and zoom out now and take in the other area that really needs some help, which is the side of her cheek.
Notice how it has some pretty rough transitions and we have this darkness that's spilling over too far to the left. So what I might do, just one way to approach this is to grab the Spot Healing Brush once again, and then press the Caps Lock key to turn it off, so I can see the size of my cursor. And I'm going to press the right bracket key to increase the size to take up this whole region of cheek. I'm just going to wing it. I'll just click on that area and see what happens. So this is the before version, this is the after version, not perfect by any means, but I can fade it once again.
You've got a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+ Shift+F for fade or Command+Shift+F on the Mac, and I'll just change this guy to 50% and click OK. I could also clone from the other cheek, but to do that, I would have to switch back to the Standard Healing Brush and I'll increase the size of my cursor quite a bit. I'll Alt+Click or Option+Click on this left cheek, her right of course, in order to source it. Then I'll move the cursor over into the right-hand region of the image and paint over the cheek, like so. And that brings back some pores, as you can see, but obviously, it's a little too much.
So I'll press Ctrl+Shift+F once again, Command+Shift+F on the Mac, try an Opacity value of, let's say, 35% might end up looking pretty good. So we're kind of splitting the difference between bringing back some pores so we don't have too many smushy details and, of course, retaining the original luminance associated with the right-hand side of the image. All right, now I'll click OK in order to accept that modification. Finally, I'm going to switch back to the Healing Brush tool and reduce the size my cursor and just paint inside that little V of brightness there, and that does darken things up a little bit.
Again I'll press Ctrl+Shift+F, Command+ Shift+F on the Mac, reduce the Opacity, let's say, this time to 50%, it looks pretty good, and click OK in order to accept that modification. So there you have it. If you want to hide that circle around the brush cursor, then just press the Caps Lock key in order to get a cross instead. And then if you want to bring the circle back, turn off Caps Lock. And that's what's known, by the way, as a precise cursor. It works with all the tools inside Photoshop. And then if you want a paint a translucent brush stroke with one of the healing brushes, just go ahead and paint away and fade the brushstroke after the fact.
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