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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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I've once again restored the original version of Patchy.tiff, found inside the 09_retouch_heal folder. And now we are going to switch up to what I consider to be the best healing cloning tool in all of Photoshop. This guy right there, the Healing Brush tool. And the keyboard shortcut is J, courtesy of Adobe. But I like to think of J as almost being a letter in the word surgery. So go ahead and select the tool. And now let's zoom in on that detail to the right of the girl's nose here. And if I just click on it then Photoshop is going to scold me.
And it's going to say Alt-click to define a source point to be used to repair the image. And the only difference on the Mac is it says Option-click. What it means by a source point is what do you want to clone? You have to specify that by Alt clicking on the stuff you want to clone. And then clicking or dragging to clone it. All right so go ahead and click OK. And you typically want to find a source that's near to the stuff that you want to heal. And it should have similar luminance transitions. In other words, if I Alt+click right there, or Option+click on the Mac, at an edge between a shadow and highlight.
And then try to use that on that little blemish right there. Then I am going to retain that weird highlight shadow effect, and that's no good whatsoever. So I'll undo that modification. Instead I'll Alt-click down here, or Option-click on the Mac. And then click in order to cover up that blemish. And it's pretty much perfect. I don't think anybody's going to notice we were there. Let's go ahead and slide up to this blemish. Now notice it's quite out of focus. So what you wouldn't want to do, for example is grab a totally different detail.
Again I want to show you this because it's fairly astounding what a great job the Healing Brush does with what you give it, but it's still not right. So I'll go ahead and Alt-click or Option-click in the girl's hair. And then I'll move over to this side of the face, in this blurry facial detail. And I'll paint over it, and you can see it's not going to be a good match. But it turns out when I release, to be a better match than you might think. So Photoshop does this awesome job of reconciling the color and the luminance. However the texture remains.
That is the areas of luminance transition inside of the area that you painted. So you want to find a texture that matches. I'll press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac. And texture is more important than overall luminance. And it's more important than color, because Photoshop will take care of the overall luminance, Photoshop will take care of the color, you've got to find good texture. So I'll Alt-click right about there, let's say or Option-click in the Mac, reduce the size of my cursor a little bit and paint over this area. Notice it's so much darker, but as soon as I release Photoshop goes ahead and automatically lightens it up for me.
And the texture matches, and it works out beautifully. All right so the last thing we got to do is this piece of food or scab or ketchup or whatever it is beside the girl's mouth. And we can fix that with a little bit of Proximity Healing. In other words, I could source right about here, I'm thinking by Alt clicking or Option clicking on the Mac. And then paint over this scab, and if I do that notice that I get kind of a little bit of an additional bump right there. And then this stuff doesn't really reconcile very well with the edge of the lip. Whereas, Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac, if you think once again not about similar luminance or similar color, but you think about similar texture or desired texture.
Then you might venture out a little bit farther to, for example this region, which is pretty neutral. I'll go ahead and Alt click in it, Option click on the Mac. Doesn't look like a good match as I'm painting, but as soon as I release it ends up working out pretty nicely. And it definitely gets rid of that little food/gab detail. I'll reduce the size of my cursor by pressing left bracket key a few times. And then paint over this. And that looks pretty nice. That can work for us. This is before, this is after. We do have a little bit of darkness right there. I am wondering if I can paint over that with any degree of success, also looks good.
And then I'll finally paint over this area. And that looks great as well. And each time Photoshop is sourcing from that same region because I have the Aligned checkbox off by default. And that means I source and resource over and over again until I define a new source point by Alt clicking or Option clicking. All right so I am going to go ahead and zoom out, pretty good stuff that we're able to pull off there. In a next exercise we are gong to begin work on that tragic scar. Stay tuned.
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