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Using the Healing Brush tool

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Video: Using the Healing Brush tool

When you are removing blemishes from skin, you'll often be able to use the Spot Healing Brush, which I covered in another movie. But sometimes the Spot Healing Brush doesn't work for you. In that case, the next tool that I reach for is the Healing Brush, which I'll show you in this movie. I have two copies of the same image open, face_2.psd, and I opened the second copy, which I'll just use as a reference, by going to the Window menu at the top of the screen, choosing Arrange and choosing New Window for, and the name of the image. And then, I used the Two Up view from the Arrange Documents menu to get them both showing on the screen.

Using the Healing Brush tool

When you are removing blemishes from skin, you'll often be able to use the Spot Healing Brush, which I covered in another movie. But sometimes the Spot Healing Brush doesn't work for you. In that case, the next tool that I reach for is the Healing Brush, which I'll show you in this movie. I have two copies of the same image open, face_2.psd, and I opened the second copy, which I'll just use as a reference, by going to the Window menu at the top of the screen, choosing Arrange and choosing New Window for, and the name of the image. And then, I used the Two Up view from the Arrange Documents menu to get them both showing on the screen.

I would like to remove this rhinestone from the model's nose. I am going to try to do it with the Spot Healing Brush, which I have selected in the toolbox here. I'll click on the image on the left to make that the active one and then I'll zoom in and I'll use my Hand tool to move to the area around this nose jewelry. With the Spot Healing Brush, I should be able to just click on the spot and have it disappear. And it kind of does, but I still can see a part of it. At this point I might try to change the brush size for the Spot Healing Brush.

Sometimes a very hard brush will work better with this particular tool or I could try to use the Healing Brush instead. I am going to do the latter. So I am going to press Command+Z on a Mac or Ctrl+Z on a PC, to undo that last action. And then, I am going to go over to the toolbox again and I am going to choose the Healing Brush tool. The Healing Brush tool works just like the Spot Healing Brush, except there's one more thing that I have to do. I get to decide from where the brush is going to sample good pixels.

So I'll have to target the good pixels. With the Spot Healing Brush, the tool itself finds the good pixels. The first step with the Healing Brush is to go over to the Layers panel, and to click the Create New Layer icon at the bottom of that panel. And I am going to double-click the layer name, and call this one healing. Now I want to be sure to select the healing layer and then I am going to go up to the Options bar for the Healing Brush and I am going to choose from the Sample menu, either Current & Below or All Layers.

When I choose Current & Below, the Healing Brush is going to sample good pixels, not just by looking at the currently highlighted healing layer, but looking at the layer below as well, the Background layer, and that's the one I wanted to look at, but then it will lay down those good pixels on the healing layer. The advantage of working that way is I am not permanently impacting the photo on the Background layer, and I can then edit or throw away the healing layer if I don't like the result. One other choice I am going to make in the Options bar is to click Aligned.

When Aligned is selected, the source of the pixels will move along with me as I move the Healing Brush, and you'll see that as I work in this image. So I am going to now come into the image and I am going to choose the good pixels that I want to sample. To sample the pixels I'll hold the Option key down on a Mac, that's the Alt key on a PC. The cursor changes to this target symbol and I'll click. Then I will just move over the nose jewelry and Photoshop actually shows me a preview of those good pixels inside of the brush tip. So I know that looks like it's going to work.

I'll click there and when I move away, I have done a pretty good job of covering up that area. And the pixels that are laid down are automatically blended with the pixels on the layer below, in terms of color and tone and shading. I might click one more time there, with a bit smaller brush. I'll make my brush smaller by pressing the left bracket key. I'll go right next to what remains of that spot. I'll hold down the Option key on a Mac, the Alt key on a PC, click to sample some good pixels and go over the rest of that spot and click.

And now it looks great. You can never know that there had been some nose jewelry there. Now I am going to go over to the Layers panel and show you where those good pixels live. If I turn off the Background layer by clicking its eye icon, you can see just what's on the healing layer and there is that little patch that I just made with those two clicks. Because this patch lives on its own layer, I can throw it away or I can lower the opacity of the layer if I wish. I even could move these pixels. I am going to turn the Background layer back on and I am going to heal something else here. I see in the reference image that there's a scar on the forehead.

I am going to hold down the spacebar to change my cursor to a hand temporarily. And then I'll click and drag and go up there to that discolored area, and just as before I am going to hold down the Option key to target some good pixels and release my mouse and then come over the area to be healed. And then I am just going to drag over this area and if you see that little crosshair that's going with me, that is the source of the good pixels. And because I checked Aligned in the Options bar, that source is moving with me as I lay down the good pixels.

Rather than staying in one place, I will be sampling from the same spot, great. And I'll do that one more time. I'll sample from the left side this time and then I'll go over and release. Now sometimes, if you click and drag like that, you end up with a repeating pattern. So you want to be a little bit careful about clicking and dragging. Sometimes it's better to do a succession of little clicks instead of one click and drag. The Healing Brush works on all kinds of areas, not just blemishes. So to show you that I am going to scroll down to her lips.

And you can see that there is a crack in her lips here. I'll hold down the Option or Alt key, I'll click and then I am just going to do a succession of little clicks here. And when I get up to this lighter part, I am going to target some different pixels and then move over and cover there. So as you can see the Healing Brush gives you a little more control over retouching than the Spot Healing Brush does and I'll often use one tool, the Spot Healing Brush and then the other, the Healing Brush, to get to the point where the model's face is completely blemish free.

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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

103 video lessons · 67516 viewers

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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 4s
  2. 25m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 25s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      5m 15s
    3. Using tools efficiently
      3m 51s
    4. Arranging panels
      3m 53s
    5. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
    6. Saving a custom workspace
      3m 0s
    7. Changing screen modes
      2m 0s
  3. 19m 3s
    1. Touring the Bridge interface
      6m 31s
    2. Opening images from Bridge
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing images
      4m 42s
    4. Finding images
      6m 30s
  4. 44m 53s
    1. Setting preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Choosing color settings
      8m 11s
    3. Zooming and panning
      5m 27s
    4. Resizing and image resolution
      3m 17s
    5. Adding to the canvas
      2m 2s
    6. Rotating the canvas
      1m 44s
    7. Choosing color
      4m 49s
    8. Sizing a brush tip
      3m 4s
    9. Undoing and the History panel
      5m 0s
    10. Saving and file formats
      3m 29s
    11. Creating a file from scratch
      3m 27s
  5. 37m 58s
    1. Making geometric selections
      6m 14s
    2. Modifying selections
      4m 43s
    3. Combining selections
      3m 16s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 34s
    5. Refining selection edges
      4m 12s
    6. Using Quick Mask mode
      2m 18s
    7. Selecting with the improved Color Range command
      4m 32s
    8. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    9. Using the Background Eraser tool
      3m 7s
    10. Saving selections
      1m 34s
  6. 39m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      5m 43s
    2. Creating layers
      5m 12s
    3. Working in the Layers panel
      2m 19s
    4. Locking layers
      4m 17s
    5. Working with multiple layers
      4m 6s
    6. Merging and flattening layers
      3m 55s
    7. Adding a shape layer
      4m 43s
    8. Basic layer masking
      4m 23s
    9. Using layer blend modes and opacity
      5m 18s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Cropping
      3m 26s
    2. Straightening
      3m 17s
    3. Transforming
      4m 42s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    5. Using Content-Aware Scaling
      5m 6s
  8. 1h 10m
    1. Reading histograms
      4m 21s
    2. Using adjustment layers and the Adjustment panel
      6m 4s
    3. Adjusting tones with Levels
      7m 49s
    4. Limiting adjustments with layer masks
      5m 40s
    5. Using masks in the new Masks panel
      6m 9s
    6. Limiting adjustments by clipping
      3m 6s
    7. Adjusting with Shadow/Highlight
      5m 7s
    8. Adjusting with Curves
      7m 37s
    9. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 42s
    10. Adjusting with Vibrance
      2m 16s
    11. Removing a color cast
      4m 26s
    12. Using the Black & White adjustment layer
      2m 39s
    13. Using the Dodge Burn and Sponge tools
      4m 11s
    14. Reducing noise
      2m 39s
    15. Sharpening
      4m 42s
  9. 38m 0s
    1. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
      5m 17s
    2. Using the Healing Brush tool
      5m 51s
    3. Using the Patch tool
      4m 52s
    4. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      4m 8s
    5. Enhancing eyes
      9m 29s
    6. Changing facial structure
      5m 0s
    7. Softening skin
      3m 23s
  10. 44m 38s
    1. What's a raw image?
      4m 25s
    2. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 35s
    3. Working in the Basic panel
      7m 54s
    4. Working in the Tone Curve panel
      2m 21s
    5. Working in the HSL/Grayscale and Split Toning panels
      3m 46s
    6. Looking at the other Camera Raw panels
      3m 45s
    7. Using the Adjustment Brush tool
      4m 2s
    8. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 56s
    9. Working with multiple files
      6m 54s
  11. 21m 6s
    1. Using the Brushes panel
      8m 30s
    2. Filling with color
      3m 49s
    3. Replacing color
      4m 14s
    4. Using gradients
      4m 33s
  12. 16m 55s
    1. Working with point type
      9m 59s
    2. Working with paragraph type
      3m 17s
    3. Warping text
      3m 39s
  13. 25m 23s
    1. Adding a layer style
      4m 6s
    2. Customizing a layer style
      3m 35s
    3. Copying a layer style
      3m 5s
    4. Creating a new style
      3m 32s
    5. Using Smart Filters
      5m 22s
    6. Working in the Filter Gallery
      5m 43s
  14. 13m 14s
    1. Auto-blending focus
      4m 47s
    2. Creating Photomerge panoramas
      4m 2s
    3. Combining group photos
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 27s
    1. Creating an action
      7m 16s
    2. Batch processing with an action
      6m 36s
    3. Using the Image Processor
      9m 35s
  16. 29m 20s
    1. Printing
      11m 32s
    2. Making a contact sheet from Bridge
      6m 12s
    3. Creating a web gallery from Bridge
      7m 17s
    4. Preparing photos for the web
      4m 19s
  17. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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