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Using the Patch tool

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Video: Using the Patch tool

When you're retouching, there are times when it doesn't make sense to use the Healing Brush or the Spot Healing Brush. For example, when you have a large area to do a way with, like these long strands of hair. I could try to eliminate those with the Healing Brush, but it would probably take a while and I run the risk of leaving the marks of brush tips as I do that. So, instead I'm going to use the Patch tool, which is the subject of this movie. You'll notice I've two copies of this image open. The one on the right is just a reference copy, so that I can see how my changes look in a complete view of the model's face when I am zoomed in and working on the image on the left.

Using the Patch tool

When you're retouching, there are times when it doesn't make sense to use the Healing Brush or the Spot Healing Brush. For example, when you have a large area to do a way with, like these long strands of hair. I could try to eliminate those with the Healing Brush, but it would probably take a while and I run the risk of leaving the marks of brush tips as I do that. So, instead I'm going to use the Patch tool, which is the subject of this movie. You'll notice I've two copies of this image open. The one on the right is just a reference copy, so that I can see how my changes look in a complete view of the model's face when I am zoomed in and working on the image on the left.

And I got the reference copy by going to the Window menu at the top of the screen and choosing Arrange and then choosing New Window for face_3.psd ,which is the image I'm working on here. Now if you look in the Layers panel, you can see that I have already done some work on this image. The bottom layer is just the photograph. The next layer is a layer on which I did some work with the Healing Brush. I'm going to hold down the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a PC as I click on the Eye icon to the left of the Healing layer.

That turns off all the other layers, because I just want to show you what's on the Healing layer. These few patches that I'd already made with the Healing Brush. I'll Option+Click or Alt+Click again on that eye icon to bring back the other layer. My tool of choice for the next bit of retouching is the Patch tool and that's located here behind the Healing Brush. From the flyout menu, I'll choose Patch tool. Now I'm going to look in the Options bar and I see that I have no option for healing onto a blank separate layer as I do with the Healing Brush and the Spot Healing Brush.

So if I look in the Layers panel, I realize that I could use the patching tool directly on this photo layer, the Background layer, but since there is no way to sample the pixels from that layer without actually having that layer selected, my other choice is to make a composite of both layers together and use the Patch tool on the composite. To make that composite, I'll first select the top layer in the layers stack. Then I'll hold down the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a PC and I'll go to the Layers panel menu here and I'm going to choose Merge Visible.

That stamps the content of all the layers below onto this new Layer 1. I'm going to rename Layer 1 by double- clicking its name and I'll call this merged patch and hit Return or Enter on the keyboard. Now with this new merged patch composite layer selected, I'll go over to the document window on the right and I'll click there to make that window active and then I'm going to take my Patch tool and I'm just going to drag around these hairs right here. I'm leaving the little cowlick at the top out of this.

I don't mind having those in the image, but I don't want these long strands hanging in the model's face. And I'll come back to the beginning of the selection and now I see the marching ants of the selection. You don't have to use the Patch tool to make the selection. You can use any of your selection tools, and then select the Patch tool in the toolbox. Now that I have that selection, I'm going to check my Options bar and I see that Patch is set to Source and that's exactly the way I want it to set when I Lasso the bad pixels in an image, rather than the good pixels that I want to use to cover the bad pixels.

If I wanted to start by lassoing the good pixels, I would click Destination first. So, I usually leave this at Source, lasso the bad pixels, and then I click inside of the selected area and I drag to an area of good pixels. So I'll drag here to my right and as I do, I can see on top of the strands of hair, a preview of what the good pixels are going to look like when I release my mouse. So I will release my mouse and I have patched right over the strands of hair. I'm going to press Command+D on a Mac or Ctrl+D on a PC to deselect that selection, and that's the result.

The Patch tool not only covers up the bad pixels, it also blends the patch in to the surrounding pixels in terms of color, tone, and shading. Pretty amazing! Now I'll just go on and do that with this other long strand of hair. I'll come down here and I'll get around the bottom of it, and I'll come up. I don't want to take everything away up there, because that won't look real anymore. We'll do something like this and then I'll drag all of that over to a clean area of good pixels and release, and I've healed that other area as well.

I'll press Command+D on a Mac, Ctrl+D on a PC, to deselect. Then I could come in with the Healing Brush or the Spot Healing Brush, clean up this other strands, and maybe fix this area here which looks a little bit like she had a whack job of a haircut there. So that's the Patch tool, which you use to clean up larger areas when you're doing retouching.

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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

103 video lessons · 67980 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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