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There's a tiny addition of Photoshop CS4 that I think we'll all agree is fantastic. Basically you're now able to preview cloning that you apply either using the Clone Stamp tool right here or the traditional Healing Brush. I'm going to go ahead and grab the Healing Brush, and not the Spot Healing Brush, but the standard Healing Brush tool and you may recall in the old days you would Alt-click or Option-click in order to set a source for the brush and you would release the Alt or Option key and you just see this empty brush like this.
And you'd just hope for the best and you'd paint over it and you'd notice what you're going to paint with as you're painting and then you'd release and you'd see what ends up happening after you're done. I'm going to go ahead and undo that brush stroke. Let me show you the new way inside of Photoshop CS4. I'm going to go to the Window menu and choose Clone Source in order bring up the Clone Source panel. Not a panel that you go to very often. But notice this Show Overlay checkbox right here and this Clipped checkbox. Both of them are turned on by default. What it means is that you see a little preview inside of your brush. See that right there? And I can get a sense of what this area is going to look like when it gets mapped into the new area. But it's very important that Clipped to be turned on. If you turn it off then you end up covering up the entire image. Notice that the clone source is not clipped inside the brush; it's covering up the entire image.
Now there may be reasons that you'd want to work that way and if so there's your check box, you turn off Clipped, then you go ahead and reduce the opacity, what have you. But I'm going to keep those on. So again by default, both of these are on and as a result, you can see the source right there inside the brush and you could, for example, think better of it and decide, you know what? I really want to lift something more like in this region. So I'll Alt-click or Option-click here and then this looks like a better match and then paint over this area like so, and then release and we have a better heal, thanks to our ability to see what in the world we're doing here with the clone tools inside Photoshop CS4.
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