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Introducing the healing and cloning tools


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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers

with Chris Orwig

Video: Introducing the healing and cloning tools

In this movie, I want to share with you some introductory information about a few tools which are indispensable when it comes to clean up or retouching or enhancing or improving our photographs. These are the Clone and Healing tools. I want to take a look at these tools so that we can understand how they work and also how we can modify their settings. And then later, in some of the subsequent movies, we will take a look at how we can apply what we've learned by working on different photographs. Yet, let's start off with this demo file here, and let's choose the Clone Stamp tool.
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  1. 1m 43s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 11m 49s
    1. Ideas for how to learn Photoshop more effectively
      4m 25s
    2. Isolating what you've learned and taking quality notes
      3m 53s
    3. Getting creative and being ready to be surprised
      3m 31s
  3. 38m 57s
    1. Customizing the Bridge workspace
      4m 46s
    2. Reviewing and evaluating your photos
      4m 22s
    3. Rating, ranking, and filtering photographs
      5m 42s
    4. Organizing photos with stacks
      3m 55s
    5. Grouping pictures together with collections
      3m 56s
    6. Adding metadata and keywords
      4m 47s
    7. Renaming images
      1m 45s
    8. Accessing the Photoshop tools from within Bridge
      2m 28s
    9. Working with Bridge and Photoshop
      2m 40s
    10. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 36s
  4. 45m 29s
    1. Setting up your color settings
      3m 31s
    2. Choosing preferences for the HUD color picker
      3m 50s
    3. Setting image interpolation preferences
      3m 3s
    4. Modifying zoom preferences
      4m 20s
    5. Changing HUD brush options
      3m 41s
    6. Customizing interface preferences
      3m 30s
    7. Opening up documents in tabs
      4m 11s
    8. Reviewing file-handling preferences
      5m 4s
    9. Setting performance preferences
      4m 23s
    10. Choosing cursor preferences
      5m 14s
    11. Reviewing guides and type preview preferences
      4m 42s
  5. 21m 4s
    1. Exploring two simple steps for more accurate color
      2m 57s
    2. Introducing color profiles
      5m 17s
    3. Opening and saving files with embedded profiles
      7m 33s
    4. Setting up your studio
      1m 59s
    5. A demonstration of monitor calibration
      1m 46s
    6. Finding color management resources
      1m 32s
  6. 28m 34s
    1. Introducing the Tools panel
      4m 53s
    2. Changing the view mode and working with panels
      5m 33s
    3. Opening and arranging multiple documents
      6m 31s
    4. Combining, saving, and closing multiple documents
      5m 17s
    5. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      5m 11s
    6. Working with a Wacom tablet
      1m 9s
  7. 18m 24s
    1. The foundation of digital imaging: pixels and bit depth
      6m 12s
    2. Introducing image resizing
      3m 42s
    3. Resizing images effectively
      3m 48s
    4. Resizing and straightening with the Crop tool
      2m 28s
    5. Creative tip: sizing images correctly
      2m 14s
  8. 41m 56s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      2m 47s
    2. Accessing the Camera Raw preferences
      3m 16s
    3. Improving your images with the basic controls
      7m 0s
    4. Correcting color and white balance
      4m 44s
    5. Processing multiple images at once
      5m 56s
    6. Utilizing the Crop tool to recompose your pictures
      5m 28s
    7. Creating dramatic black-and-white conversions
      5m 34s
    8. Reducing noise and making tack-sharp photos
      7m 11s
  9. 32m 55s
    1. Introducing layers
      2m 22s
    2. Understanding layers and layer transparency
      1m 29s
    3. Working with layer opacity
      3m 29s
    4. Aligning layers
      1m 32s
    5. Creating new layers
      4m 53s
    6. Organizing layers
      2m 31s
    7. Filtering and finding layers
      2m 8s
    8. Adding layer style effects
      5m 28s
    9. Creating a clipping mask
      6m 50s
    10. Targeting and moving layers
      2m 13s
  10. 33m 22s
    1. Making selections with the marquee tools
      4m 50s
    2. Using the three lasso tools
      4m 56s
    3. Selecting with the Magic Wand tool
      5m 43s
    4. Working with the Quick Select tool
      7m 21s
    5. Selecting based on color with the Color Range controls
      7m 13s
    6. Correcting skin tones with Color Range
      3m 19s
  11. 23m 2s
    1. Introducing masking
      1m 14s
    2. Painting away the contents of a layer with a mask
      3m 59s
    3. Using a selection to build a mask
      3m 3s
    4. Removing a subject from the background with a mask
      6m 37s
    5. Using a mask to selectively sharpen an image
      3m 58s
    6. Making selections with Quick Mask
      4m 11s
  12. 13m 42s
    1. Creating a custom border using selections and masks
      5m 4s
    2. Painting custom border effects
      3m 34s
    3. Using prebuilt borders
      4m 13s
    4. Exploring the PhotoFrame plug-in
      51s
  13. 11m 49s
    1. Adding brightness and contrast
      3m 3s
    2. Using hue and saturation and the Target Adjustment tool
      5m 34s
    3. Working with vibrancy and saturation
      3m 12s
  14. 14m 36s
    1. Working with auto levels
      3m 36s
    2. Enhancing color and tone with levels
      4m 12s
    3. Painting in adjustments with levels and masking
      4m 10s
    4. Creative tip: checking in
      2m 38s
  15. 29m 50s
    1. Introducing the Curves dialog box
      3m 12s
    2. Using auto curves and adjustments to enhance an image
      4m 17s
    3. Changing brightness with curves and masks
      3m 59s
    4. Using curves and masks to improve tone and color
      4m 56s
    5. Making advanced selections and masks
      3m 53s
    6. Enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks
      5m 53s
    7. Using, modifying, and saving curves presets
      3m 40s
  16. 20m 12s
    1. Introducing the magic of blend modes
      6m 33s
    2. Blending multiple images together
      3m 50s
    3. Using blending modes to remove white or black
      2m 8s
    4. Improving exposure, contrast, and color with blending
      5m 37s
    5. Using blending shortcuts
      2m 4s
  17. 10m 26s
    1. Working with color correction in Camera Raw
      1m 21s
    2. Correcting color with the eyedroppers
      3m 11s
    3. Correcting color and tone with the eyedroppers
      5m 54s
  18. 36m 1s
    1. Using a Replace Color adjustment
      4m 14s
    2. Using Replace Color, Hue/Saturation, and masks
      5m 32s
    3. Replacing color with advanced masking
      7m 14s
    4. Selecting and modifying color with the Hue/Saturation eyedroppers
      2m 30s
    5. Using Color Balance to create vivid color
      4m 3s
    6. Modifying color with Selective Color
      5m 3s
    7. Changing color with Photo Filter
      4m 4s
    8. Making creative color changes with Color Lookup
      1m 44s
    9. Creative tip: shoot more
      1m 37s
  19. 35m 13s
    1. The modern equivalent of a traditional technique
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing two burn and dodge techniques
      7m 22s
    3. Burning and dodging with the Brush and Gradient tools
      4m 18s
    4. Dodging and reducing shadows in a portrait
      6m 0s
    5. Using selections, masks, and curves to change tonality
      7m 21s
    6. Improving a black-and-white landscape
      8m 32s
  20. 16m 9s
    1. The power of black and white
      4m 14s
    2. Converting a portrait to black and white
      4m 6s
    3. Converting a landscape to black and white
      4m 23s
    4. Adding grain and tone to a black-and-white image
      3m 26s
  21. 31m 57s
    1. Introducing Smart Filters
      3m 36s
    2. Applying Smart Filters
      6m 20s
    3. Creating a soft contrast effect
      6m 38s
    4. Changing focus with the Blur Gallery
      3m 40s
    5. Working with Tilt-Shift Blur
      3m 52s
    6. Creating a realistic lens flare
      2m 45s
    7. Adding light with the Lighting Effects filter
      5m 6s
  22. 12m 33s
    1. Using the Noise Reduction filter
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring advanced noise reduction using channels
      2m 49s
    3. Masking in noise reduction to a specific area
      2m 1s
    4. Reducing noise with Surface Blur
      3m 57s
  23. 48m 30s
    1. Cleaning before you enhance
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the healing and cloning tools
      7m 22s
    3. Cleaning up the background of an image
      6m 21s
    4. Basic portrait retouching
      3m 15s
    5. Brightening shadows under the eyes
      4m 53s
    6. Brightening the eyes
      2m 30s
    7. Retouching selected areas
      5m 27s
    8. Using Content-Aware Fill to remove distractions
      5m 34s
    9. Moving a subject with the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 54s
    10. Changing shape and dimension with Liquify
      4m 12s
  24. 24m 2s
    1. Using the Lens Correction filter
      6m 52s
    2. Reducing exaggerated distortion
      5m 16s
    3. Applying Free Transform to correct perspective
      3m 49s
    4. Correcting distortion with the Perspective Crop tool
      3m 45s
    5. Using Puppet Warp to correct perspective
      4m 20s
  25. 26m 48s
    1. Combining two photos with movement
      4m 12s
    2. Using two frames for a group photo
      4m 57s
    3. Creating a panoramic photo from multiple frames
      3m 37s
    4. Correcting distortion with the Adaptive Wide Angle correction
      7m 34s
    5. Cropping, filling in the gaps, and making final panographic adjustments
      6m 28s
  26. 27m 24s
    1. Working with Smart Sharpen
      6m 17s
    2. Using Unsharpen Mask
      4m 49s
    3. High Pass sharpening an image
      4m 47s
    4. Selectively sharpening the in-focus areas of an image
      3m 35s
    5. Selective sharpening with hand-drawn masks
      7m 56s
  27. 22m 44s
    1. Preparing images for the web and email
      4m 38s
    2. Sharpening for the web
      3m 5s
    3. Using Save for Web to create an optimized JPEG
      4m 26s
    4. Exporting images to Facebook or Flickr
      4m 46s
    5. Creating a web gallery
      5m 49s
  28. 26m 6s
    1. Desktop printing recommendations
      2m 46s
    2. Creating a PDF layout and contact sheets
      5m 56s
    3. Using a soft proof to visualize the print
      8m 0s
    4. Adjusting printer settings
      3m 43s
    5. Customizing the Print dialog box options
      5m 41s
  29. 32m 4s
    1. Opening up a video file in Photoshop
      7m 7s
    2. Editing a video clip and adding text
      5m 15s
    3. Using adjustment layers and adding an audio track
      4m 47s
    4. Creating a project with multiple clips
      4m 55s
    5. Adding a cross-dissolve fade and creating custom shortcuts
      4m 43s
    6. Customizing the workspace to review your project
      3m 2s
    7. Exporting a project
      2m 15s
  30. 3m 4s
    1. Exploring additional resources and ways to keep in touch
      2m 29s
    2. Goodbye
      35s

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers
12h 20m Beginner Apr 26, 2012

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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.

The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.

Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.

Topics include:
  • Getting started with Bridge and Mini Bridge
  • Setting up color and performance preferences
  • Calibrating your monitor
  • Improving images with the basic controls in Camera Raw
  • Creating, aligning, and organizing layers
  • Using masks for removing or blending images and for sharpening
  • Working with vibrancy, hue, and saturation controls
  • Enhancing color and tone with Levels
  • Using Curves and masks to enhance brightness, color, and tone
  • Mastering the art of blending modes
  • Correcting and replacing color
  • Burning and dodging
  • Converting to black and white
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Introducing the healing and cloning tools

In this movie, I want to share with you some introductory information about a few tools which are indispensable when it comes to clean up or retouching or enhancing or improving our photographs. These are the Clone and Healing tools. I want to take a look at these tools so that we can understand how they work and also how we can modify their settings. And then later, in some of the subsequent movies, we will take a look at how we can apply what we've learned by working on different photographs. Yet, let's start off with this demo file here, and let's choose the Clone Stamp tool.

You can do so by pressing the S key or by clicking on the icon for the tool which is here in the tools panel. Next, up in the Options Bar, you can change the overall brush size by clicking-and-dragging this to the right. You can also control the Brush Hardness. Next, you want to make sure your Opacity is all the way up, turn Aligned on and rather than sampling the current layer, I want you to choose all layers. By choosing this option, it will give you a lot of flexibility so that you can retouch or fix up your image on a separate layer rather than modifying the background layer.

Well now that we've done this, let's go ahead and click into this layer which I have created here. This is a blank layer. It's titled clone. You can reposition this cursor over your image, and then hold down the Option key on a Mac or Alt key on Windows and then click. What this allows you to do is to sample an area which you can then reposition in another part of your image. Here, you can see really faintly that I brought this face over simply by sampling that and then clicking over here. Next, click and start to paint and you can bring that content into another area of your image.

When it comes to cloning, you want to think that what it's doing is it's cloning or it's duplicating or replicating the content in this one-to-one way. And by turning this option on of All layers, you can see that what we've cloned now sits on its own layer. This is really great because it helps us to be flexible. You could choose your Move tool and then click-and-drag this around a little bit in order to change the position even after you've cloned this. Well let's take a look at another option with the Clone Stamp tool.

Now, let's go to the letters here on the sail. Select the Clone Stamp tool again if you don't have that selected. Then what I want to do, is I want to make my brush smaller by pressing the left-bracket key and here we're going to Option or Alt+Click on the 2, and I want you to bring the 2 down to the sail down here below. Now, with the previous example, it kind of blended in. In this case, it doesn't at all because what the Clone Stamp tool does is it brings over exactly what was there.

Now, if we change our Brush Hardness by cranking this up and then by going and painting here, you are going to see that the edge of what it's bringing over, well that's much more hard. So the Clone Stamp tool does a great job when you want to bring the exact content over. On the other hand, the set of Healing tools they work really well when you want to blend something together. In order to take a look at these, let's click on this icon here and hold this down and then choose the Healing Brush. Because the Healing Brush, well it operates and works a lot like the Clone Stamp tool, here we will press the right-bracket key to make our brush a little bigger, then rather than healing on the current layer, let's click on the pulldown menu, and then choose All layers.

Next, turn on Aligned. You typically want to have this on if you're new to working with this tool. Now let's target the layer which I've created, just a blank layer titled Heal. Go ahead and Option or Alt+Click on the 2, and then go ahead and paint on the green sail. Now, when you paint with one of the Healing tools initially, well it looks just like cloning until you let go of your mouse button. When you do that, that's where the magic takes place. What it did was it blended out all of those background colors or the white there in to the green.

The Healing tools do a great job at blending, trying to help us to make things look seamless. So when you want to get rid of something and have nice good texture, the Healing tools, they really save the day. For example, we want to work on this 2, if you hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and then sample a nice area of the sail, you can then paint that nice area over the blemish and then it will remove it but also blend in that texture so that you can't see what you've done at all.

It fixed all of that up for you. If we turn off the other layers, you can see essentially there's a little bit of texture it brought in, it created from the surrounding areas. Well, let's go ahead, and turn these layers back on for a moment. Let's take a look at one other healing tool, that's the Spot Healing Brush. The Spot Healing Brush is phenomenal. Again, we want to turn on the option for sample all layers. This allows us just to click on a blemish, like this dot on the eye, you can click and paint a little bit, and it will remove it. In other words, it will auto-sample from the surrounding areas good texture, and try to figure this out for us, and here as I click-and-drag over this, you can see it's then removing those elements, and creating nice texture for me.

You want to use this tool a lot of times when you have those small blemishes that you want to get rid of and you can go ahead and just quickly click through those problems and get rid of those or you can always click and paint in order to remove content. Now, while the Healing Brushes, they are amazing, they don't always work when you have areas of high contrast. If I click-and-drag say across this line here a little bit, as you can see I've done, it's going to kind of mess it up. You can see how it's trying to blend things in, and it creates the smudging kind of artifact, as you see along those edges.

So it's not a one-to-one tool. If you have high contrast or you need exact replication, sometimes the Clone Stamp tool is best. This brings me to an important point. There is no magic bullet retouching tool, rather it's about learning how to use all of these tools together in order to come up with the best results. Well let's look at one more tool. In order to do that, let's delete both of these layers. You can click on the layer, then press Delete or Backspace. What I want to do here is look at how we can retouch a large area at one.

We can do that by using another one of these Healing type of tools, and that is the Patch tool. If you select the Patch tool, you'll notice that you don't have an option for using all layers. This is the one tool that you need to duplicate your background layer to work with. So here, press Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows. Why would you use this tool? Well, if you click-and-drag around something by making a selection around that, you can then select it. With Source chosen or with the Source option turned on, you can then click-and-drag to a nice clean area, and then let go, and it will patch that for you.

On the other hand, press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z with Destination turned on, you can click-and-drag and you can see that it will then replicate this content into these different areas as I'm doing here. So, this tool, it allows us to work with large areas at once. Well, now that we have been introduced to how these tools work and also how we can dial in a few of the tool settings, let's go ahead and continue to talk about how we can use these in a more realistic workflow and let's do that in the next movie.

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