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Caps Lock and Fade

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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.

Caps Lock and Fade

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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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 19m 15s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 27s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop
      4m 7s
    3. Opening from the Macintosh Finder
      4m 9s
    4. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      2m 45s
    5. Opening an image from Mini Bridge
      1m 16s
    6. Opening through Camera Raw
      2m 32s
    7. Closing one image and Closing All
      1m 59s
  2. 38m 14s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface
      3m 12s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      4m 27s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      4m 29s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Adjusting a few screen prefs
      4m 16s
  3. 45m 58s
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      3m 3s
    3. The Image Size command
      3m 27s
    4. Common resolution standards
      3m 20s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      4m 36s
    6. Changing the print size
      6m 16s
    7. Downsampling for print
      4m 12s
    8. Downsampling for email
      3m 11s
    9. The interpolation settings
      5m 22s
    10. Downsampling advice
      4m 36s
    11. Upsampling advice
      6m 10s
  4. 53m 17s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      2m 58s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 19s
    1. The art of saving
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving
      6m 0s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 38s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 41s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 19m 36s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      3m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      3m 1s
    4. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    5. Filling in missing details
      6m 44s
    6. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 42m 6s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      3m 19s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 5s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color cast in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 49s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures
      5m 58s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes
      4m 43s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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