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In this movie, I'll introduce you to the Patch tool. Now you'll find a Patch tool over here with the Healing brushes. Notice it's the third tool down in the Fly-out menu. And here's the idea. Whereas the Healing brushes are useful for making very specific, careful modifications, that you brush into the image. Which is great For, for example retouching a portrait photograph. The Patch tool is useful for making big modifications very quickly. So I'll go ahead and select the Patch tool. And let's say what I want to do is get rid of this trash can right here.
Then I would start by selecting it. And you can use any selection tool you like. You don't have to select using the Patch tool. But if you decide to select using the Patch tool, you'll find that it works exactly like the Lasso tool. So you can either drag around the trash can for example to create a free-form selection outline. Or, I'll go ahead and press Control D or Command D on a Mac to deselect it. You can press and hold the Alt key, or the Option key on a Mac. And click around the trash can in order to create a polygonal selection outline. So again, where selecting is concerned, it works just like the standard Lasso.
Once you've selected the trash can, assuming default settings up here in the options bar. That is, patch is set to normal. Source is selected. Transparent is turned off. Then you just go ahead and drag this selection outline to a new location. And what you're doing is specifying the source that will be cloned on top of what was formerly the selected trash can. And so part of what's happening here is Photoshop's doing a straight clone. And you can see the central area's pretty much just a direct lift of this area over here.
But if I press Control+H, or Command+H on the Mac, to hide the selection outline, you can see that it went ahead and healed around the edge of the selection. So it's very much as if you had painted this big huge trash can shaped blob, using the healing brush. Over onto the trash can. So that's one way to work. We'll go ahead and press Control Z or Command Z on the Mac to undo that change. And I'll press Control H or Command H so we can see the selection outline again. Let's say, instead of hiding the trash can what I want to do is duplicate it.
I want to create a second trash can over here on the right-hand side. Then I would select Destination instead after selecting the trash can. And then I would drag it to the new location. And I want you to watch that upper right area of the trash can where I've hidden a bit of the shadow from the trees there. I'll go ahead and release now, and you can see that not only is Photoshop going to go ahead and clone the trash can to this new area, but, if I press Control+H, or Command+H on the Mac, even though I had covered up this little bit of shadow, Photoshop goes ahead and ekes the shadow back into the selection, once again healing around the edges.
And as a result, we get a pretty credible copy of this trash can. It doesn't necessarily make sense where you have two identical trash cans next to each other with the very same shadow angles. However, it looks pretty darn good. All right, I'm going to press Control Z, Command Z on the Mac to undo that change once again. Your final options are Transparent and Use pattern. You can check out Use pattern if you want to. It's just going to use a pattern that you select here in order to heal over the selection. In my experience it rarely produces decent results but Transparent can be somewhat interesting.
I'm going to go and turn on that Transparent check box and I still have my trash can selected here so I'll go ahead and drag it over once again. It's less of a translucency effect in other words you're not really creating a less opaque trash can. It's more of a blend mode affect, so we're creating a kind of interaction between the trash can and the grass in back of it. Alright, so those are the basics of working with the Patch tool In the next movie I'll demonstrate Content Aware patch.
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