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Get the ultimate foundation in Adobe Photoshop CC, in this update to the flagship series Photoshop One-on-One. Deke takes you on a personalized tour of the basic tools and techniques that lie behind great images and graphic design, while keeping you up to speed with the newest features offered with Creative Cloud. Learn to open images from multiple sources, get around the panels and menus, and work with layers—the feature that allows you to perform masking, combine effects, and perform other edits nondestructively. Then Deke shows how to perform important editing tasks, such as cropping and straightening images, adjusting the luminance of your image, correcting color imbalances and enhancing color creatively, and finally, retouching and healing.
In this movie, I'll show you how to use the standard healing brush, which allows you to specify the source and destination for your healing, thereby giving you more control. Now that we've gotten rid of most of the blemishes, let's take on these stray hairs. I'm going to zoom in on this hair that's found its way into the model's mouth. Now if I were to try to get rid of this hair using this spot healing brush tool just by roughly painting over it, I'm unlikely to get good results. The tool is well named after all. It's great for little spot touch ups, but it's not good for big brush strokes.
And in this case, we've kind of wiped out the crease along her mouth, and it looks as if we've kind of blurred out the lip. So, I'll press Control Z, or Command Z on the Mac to undo that change. Instead what we want to do is switch from the spot healing brush to the healing brush by selecting the next tool down in the fly out menu, and assuming default settings, that is, the source is set to sampled, if you just start clicking inside the image, you're going to get an error message that tells you that you need to Alt click, or on a Mac, Option click, to define a source point to be used to repair the image.
When you're working with a standard Healing Brush tool, you're cloning one portion of the image onto another, and you have to specify the source that is the area that you want to clone, and then drag onto the destination, that is, the area that you want to heal away. So, I'm going to start things off by reducing the size of my cursor so that we have a very small brush. Mine happens to be six pixels, as you can see up here on the left side of the options bar. And, the most important detail to match is this crease. So I'm going to press the Alt key, or the Option key on a Mac. Notice how my cursor changes to a little target. Middle click, right there, just above the hair, on the crease, in order to specify that point as my source.
And then, let's increase the size of the cursor a little bit so I can line up the preview. Right about there should be good. And then I'll reduce the size of my cursor once again, and I will begin dragging from that location. And then I'll just go ahead and release in order to heal that tiny, little area. And notice what a brilliant job Photoshop has done. Now I want to heal away the rest of the brush stroke. If I start painting in, though, I'm going to start at that same source location. So, I'll get a little bit of the crease, right there. Which isn't what I want at all.
So, I am going to press Control Z, or Command Z on the Mac, to undo that change, and I'm going to start this stroke over right there, just to make sure I've got things lined up properly. And that looks good. Then, I'll up to Options bar and turn on the Aligns check box. To tell Photoshop to align my various brush strokes to each other so that I get consistent results. And now I'll click right at that location, right at the outset of the remaining hair, and I'll Shift click in order to draw a straight line between those two points. And Shift click again, Shift click again, and continue Shift clicking till I've gotten rid of the entire hair.
And so clicking and Shift clicking allows you to create straight segments between those click points. Now click right about there, and Shift click on my way into the mouth. And finally, just to get rid of that tiny bit of hair inside of her mouth, I'll press the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, and click right about there, along the edge of her lip. And then, I'll turn off the align check box, just to make sure we're not in alignment anymore. And I'll paint from right there into the lip like so. And that goes ahead and gets rid of that last remaining detail.
And just to make sure I've done a good job, I'll press Control Z, or Command Z on a Mac to undo. And then I'll press Control Z, or Command Z on a Mac to redo. That looks pretty good. I might Alt click here and click right there in order to get rid of that little bit of darkness. And as long as we're here, this location inside the image, we're going to Alt click right about there, above and to the right of the lip, and then I'll click on that slightly dark area to get rid of it. Alright, let's zoom back out in order to take in the image. And I'll scroll down as well. A couple of other details we might want to work on here.
I'm going to zoom in on the hair above the right eye, which would be her left, of course. And I'm just going to select it with the lasso tool, which I can get by pressing the L key. And, I'll Alt click or Option click around this detail, like so, in order to draw draw a polygonal lasso around it. And then I'll press Shift Backspace, or Shift Delete on the Mac. Make sure Use is set to Content Aware. Click OK in order to heal that area away. Press Control D, or Command D on the Mac to deselect the image. Sometimes, you'll find that the Healing Brush Tool, which I'll select now, is best employed after using another tool.
So, for example, you apply Content Aware fill and then you go in and fix any defects that remain using this tool. So I'll go ahead and Alt click right about there because we've got some texture problems. And then I'll drag up in order to fill in that region so it's a better match. And I might Alt click here, click there, get rid of a few of these little hairs that have been plucked out and so forth. Next I'll go ahead and scroll up, so that I can see the beginning of the hair, now I don't really feel like we need to heal this top region of hair, because it's not interfering with main details in the image such as the mouth and the eyes and so forth, but I do want to heal away that blemish.
So, I'll increase the size of my cursor by pressing the right bracket key, and then I'll Alt click or Option click right about there, to make sure we have a bit of hair inside the source point, and then I'll move my cursor up so it covers up the blemish and I'll click in order to heal that detail. We'll zoom out again and take in the entire image, again just to give you sense of what we've done, I'll turn off the retouch layer, there's our original image with the hair coming into her mouth, the hair coming down into the eye, and the little blemish above the eyebrow. And here's our healed image so far.
So that gives you a sense of how to work with the standard Healing Brush. In the next exercise, I'll show you how to work with the Clone Source panel.
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