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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
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I would like to take this opportunity to give you some strategies on how to get more effective healing when you're trying to take out details of a particular image. So in this example, my lovely knee here is in the bottom right-hand corner and I want to get rid of that distraction. So I'm going to zoom in a little bit here and will hold down Spacebar to pan that out. We're going to get rid of this knee. Like we have said before, we want to put our results on a new blank layer to save file size there, so I'm going to do that. I'm going to get my Healing Brush tool. We'll make the Brush size a bit larger by using our Right Bracket key, and we're ready to start sampling this. Okay, we want to make sure that our Sample is set to All Layers, which it is, and then we'll take a sample by holding down the Option key or Alt and then new to CS4, it's kind of nice, we actually going to get a preview of the source before you actually start painting, which is very helpful to line things up.
But I'm going to go ahead and source from that water and then start healing this knee. If you've ever done this, you'll see that when you're done, and you let go, end with this. You get this bleed, right? Because the Healing Brush does a blend from the source and the target. When you have these sharp edges on the corner, you're bleeding from those edge pixels. So I'm going to undo that. A better way to go sometimes is to use the traditional Clone Stamp tool first to just do a full-on replace of those pixels, and then go back over it with the Healing Brush tool, so that you can bring back in the texture and match the tone and texture that way.
So let's do that. We're going to get our sample stamp tool here, or the Clone Stamp tool. Then I'll go ahead and Option-click on some water over here, and again line that up. We'll just start painting out this knee. Now I'm not too worried about getting the accurate result here, I'm just trying to get rid of these bad colored pixels and just get rid of them altogether. Now, I'm going to come back with the Healing Brush tool to blend this and make it a more seamless transition. So let's get our Healing Brush tool, J for the Healing Brush tool. We'll go ahead and keep our sample over here, Option-click or Alt-click and I'll just hit over this edge here where that transition zone was being affected.
I'll go ahead and let go and do the blend and you'll see I get a much better result now. So here's before and there's after, by just turning the layer on and off, and then I'm not getting that weird kind of bleed. I can do the same thing with this hand and this water over here. So I'm going to switch to my Stamp tool. I'll Option-click over here for some good water source here and we're going to just very quickly get rid of the hand and Option-click again, I'm just going to get rid of this water, and that trailing shirt there. Good. Then we'll back up with our Healing Brush, J for the Healing Brush, Option-click, we're just going to go back over these seams, these transition zones. That's a good idea to just every once in a while let go of the Healing Brush and let it catch up to do the blend. And you're going to get much better results now.
So there's the combination of using the Healing Brush with the Clone Stamp tool. Here's before and there's after. We'll zoom out to fit to window. You get much better results by combining the two.
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