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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'm still working inside Flipped original.psd for the simple reason that it's not going to do you any good for me to provide you with a catch-up file here because we are midway into a technique that's going to require the History Brush. Notice here inside the History panel, if I bring it up, that I had open the image at the Flipped original state. So, I only have two states here which is Open and Healing Brush and that's it which is just fine. So, I'm going to reduce the size of my panel a little bit, we don't need it to be that big. And I'm going to switch over to my History Brush, which I can do by pressing the Y key.
Mode is Normal, Opacity 100%, everyone set to their default settings. So, I'm going to increase the size of my brush and I do have a blurry brush that's good. And I'm going to paint away this region right here. And I want to make sure that I don't get so close that I start revealing the red of the scar. Notice that's where the scar begins right at that location and we'll come back to that in a moment, and then I'll paint over into the base of the face, right there into the cheek. And that way I've gone ahead and reveal the entire side of her face so I have all that shading which previously if I press Control+Z, Command+Z on the Mac I had lost.
The shading provided by the Healing Brush doesn't match. All right! So I'll press Control+Z, Command+Z on the Mac to redo that modification. I'm going to paint in here to make sure I'm retaining as much information from the original girl as possible, because you always want to heal as little as you can. All right! I'm going to zoom in to this location. By the way if you got too far, a few History Brush into the scar like that, then you can always source the Healing Brush state by clicking in front of it here in the History panel and then brush that right back in like so. So, you can go back-and-forth.
It's almost like working with the layer mask except you're working inside the History panel instead. All right! Let's reduce the size of the cursor at this point. Now, I'm not sure if anybody is going to really notice this. Somebody is going to say hey, that kid has got a little bit of red on the side over there, but I still want to try to get rid of it if I can, and so I'm going to see if I can paint back in that Healing Brush state with any degree of success. And as soon as I paint that in, it's awfully darn bright as you can see, way too bright for its surroundings. So, I'll go ahead and undo that modification and you know what I'm not sure exactly what to do at this point.
I'm kind of free form in here so I'm going to try something. I'm going to extend the size of my History panel a little more, so I can see what I'm doing. And I'm going to try yet another application of the History Brush. This time still aligned as it was before, but I'm going to reduce the size of my brush dramatically and just click right there and see what happens, and that's not doing it for me. What I was hoping is that it would look around the perimeter of that cursor and come up with a better match in that, but it doesn't.However, I don't want to quite lose that source for my Healing Brush, so I'm going to go back to my Clone Source panel, and I'm going to click on a different source.
If you click on this second icon right there you will have a clean source to work from and your original source will still be stored. Notice that Flipped original.psd: layer 1 rotated 23 degrees. You can come back to it if you want to. So, I'll click on the second one, close the Clone Source panel, bring back up History so I can keep track of it. And I'm going to try Alt+Clicking or Option+Clicking right there, let's say, and then moving up a little bit and you know what? I bet I can rotate that in a place. So I'll bring back up my Clone Source panel, I'll click inside Rotate.
And this time I need to perform a clockwise rotation so I'm going to press Shift+Up Arrow maybe four times in order to raise that value to 4 degrees and I'll click and that works out pretty darn nicely. And if it's slightly off which it may be, I'd turn off the Aligned checkbox just wanting you to when you turn it on and off. Undo that modification, just scoop my cursor in a little bit to make sure that I get them better match like so. And that's going to be my modification folks, or is it. Now, I'm looking at this thinking this region is too bright, you know what? That's why we have the Burn tool.
So I'll go ahead and switch to the Burn tool, I've very low exposure value of 10%. That's good. It hopefully I have a blurry brush which I do and so I'm going to reduce the size of my brush a little bit and paint over that area like so, and I would say that looks pretty darn good, maybe click it second time. All right! That, I believe is my modification folks. Go ahead and close that Clone Source panel. So remember where you can heal between different layers, you can hopefully flip and definitely rotate your source from the Clone Source panel here, and you can set multiple sources as well if you need to switch back-and-forth between sources inside of a complex project, and that is the power of retouching here inside Photoshop.
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