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Using the Content-Aware Patch and Spot Healing tools

From: Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

Video: Using the Content-Aware Patch and Spot Healing tools

A newer feature in Adobe Photohop is Just as a refresher, my hardness is set to 50% on my brush settings.

Using the Content-Aware Patch and Spot Healing tools

A newer feature in Adobe Photohop is the content aware options and the Healing tools. The benefit of using this option is that it can sometimes make for a more seamless match as well as same you time looking for a clean, matched texture. We're going to take a look at the Content-Aware feature in two tools today. The Spot Healing tool and the Patch tool. Switching over to my Spot Healing tool, again, working non-destructively on the retouch layer, I'm going to switch over from proximity match to Content-Aware. Just as a refresher, my hardness is set to 50% on my brush settings.

And I'm going to go in and all I have to do now is just click and release, and it seems to make a pretty seamless match. What's really happening is Adobe Photoshop is reading my image as one large set of patterns. As I use this tool, it's going to read those patterns and try and fill in the area of flaw with what it feels is a natural progressive pattern. Sometimes this can work for you, and sometimes it can work against you. For instance, if i have an area with a lot of flaw and I'm trying to re-touch that area, as I click, it may actually read the flaw as the pattern and start to add more flaw to that area.

So as long as this tool works, I'm going to leave it on the Content-Aware feature. The other option that I have is Contour features in the Patch tool. So I'm going to switch over to the Patch tool, and up above my Control panel, I'm going to switch from Patch Normal to Patch Content-Aware. Now, I have five settings under Content-Aware, and we're just going to look at a couple of them. It starts at Very Strict, all the way down to Very Loose. Each one has a different adaptation level. Especially when it comes to textures, Very Loose will work against you as it will blend too much and also blur the image, where Very Strict is almost like creating an exact copy.

So starting on Very Loose, I'm going to take the same selection I did in the previous movie and try to remove this wrinkle. As I move this over, I'm going to match up the texture. And when I release, you can see that it kind of over-blurred some areas. I do have a pretty good blend right here, and this would be acceptable, but it does also have some dark areas here that I want to try and remedy. So, I'm going to undo that, go back and switch to medium, and drag into the same area. And what I'm trying to achieve is a nice seamless look between my flaw and the transitional background, and medium looks pretty good.

The one that I prefer to use, however, is strict. So I've undone this all the way back to my original selection, and drag out strict, match up the texture, and that looks pretty good. I've got a nice seamless pattern going on, I don't have too much repetition. If I find that it is repeating a little too much, I can always take a new selection or use my Clone Stamp tool or other Healing tools to blend this in.

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Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

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Kevin Stohlmeyer
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  1. 1m 17s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 6m 41s
    1. Getting started
      50s
    2. Starting with the right photograph
      1m 55s
    3. Utilizing colored or white backgrounds in Photoshop
      1m 28s
    4. Setting up your tablet for detail work
      2m 28s
  3. 12m 37s
    1. Using RGB vs. CMYK color spaces
      1m 17s
    2. Using adjustment layers vs. the Adjustment menu
      2m 4s
    3. Adjusting exposure in Photoshop
      3m 47s
    4. Easy color adjustments using the two-pass method
      2m 59s
    5. Removing color casts from backgrounds
      2m 30s
  4. 16m 31s
    1. Retouching overview
      19s
    2. Setting up your file for nondestructive editing in Photoshop
      1m 26s
    3. Using filters to remove dust and scratches
      2m 58s
    4. Cleaning up your image with healing tools
      3m 49s
    5. Utilizing the Clone Stamp tool to its fullest potential
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding the Clone Source panel
      2m 48s
    7. Using the Content-Aware Patch and Spot Healing tools
      2m 51s
  5. 12m 40s
    1. When do you use a mask or a path?
      1m 15s
    2. Creating an accurate path using the Pen tool
      2m 51s
    3. Saving your work path and creating a clipping path
      1m 56s
    4. Making an initial selection with selection tools
      2m 14s
    5. Cleaning up your selection
      3m 3s
    6. Creating a layer mask from a selection
      1m 21s
  6. 10m 58s
    1. How does light affect your product's shadow?
      1m 17s
    2. Using the original source to create a shadow
      1m 51s
    3. Creating your own shadow using brushes
      2m 54s
    4. Adding realism to your shadow with filters
      2m 54s
    5. Using blending modes to add your shadow to the background
      2m 2s
  7. 10m 39s
    1. Enhancing the product
      17s
    2. Adding product labels with vector art
      1m 29s
    3. Transforming the label
      1m 48s
    4. Adding realistic highlights
      2m 47s
    5. Replacing product colors with adjustment layers
      2m 33s
    6. Using layer comps for alternative versions
      1m 45s
  8. 19m 10s
    1. What are ideal files for automation?
      45s
    2. How to create an action in Photoshop
      2m 5s
    3. The batch-automation process
      2m 25s
    4. Automating color correction
      1m 27s
    5. Automating shadow creation
      2m 14s
    6. Automating image sizes for print and the web
      1m 49s
    7. Using conditional actions in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    8. Outputting your file to multiple formats
      1m 31s
    9. Adding metadata using templates in Adobe Bridge
      1m 15s
    10. Batch renaming files using Adobe Bridge
      2m 47s
  9. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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