Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals
Illustration by John Hersey

Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

Video: The more capable "standard" Healing Brush

In this movie, I'll show you how to use the standard healing brush, So, I'm going to start things off by reducing the size of my cursor so And, the most important detail to match is this crease.
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  1. 38m 23s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 (CC 2014) UPDATED
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC) UPDATED
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder UPDATED
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening an image from Mini Bridge (CC)
      2m 39s
    7. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    8. Closing one image and closing all UPDATED
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface UPDATED
      6m 2s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      6m 20s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      6m 22s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Using Retina and HiDPI displays
      4m 3s
    13. Adjusting a few screen preferences UPDATED
      8m 10s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      6m 34s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 9s
    4. Common resolution standards
      4m 7s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      7m 59s
    6. Changing the print size
      8m 15s
    7. Downsampling for print
      5m 14s
    8. Downsampling for email
      6m 22s
    9. The interpolation settings
      6m 40s
    10. Downsampling advice
      5m 5s
    11. Upsampling advice
      4m 15s
  4. 53m 21s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 13s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      3m 1s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 13s
    1. The art of the save
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving
      5m 59s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 34s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 40s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 32m 16s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      4m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      6m 29s
    4. Cropping to a specific ratio or size
      5m 57s
    5. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 44s
    6. Filling in missing details UPDATED
      6m 44s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 44m 51s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      6m 5s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 4s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 34s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast UPDATED
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 9s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 47s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 11s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another UPDATED
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 48s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush UPDATED
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools UPDATED
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool UPDATED
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures UPDATED
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes UPDATED
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time
      49s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals
7h 45m Beginner Jun 28, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • What is color correction?
  • Comparing RGB and CMYK color modes
  • Using grayscales and neutrals for color correction
  • Understanding pixels and bit depth
  • Evaluating and correcting images with histograms
  • Using nondestructive editing tools
  • Removing a color cast
  • Performing curve corrections in Camera Raw
  • Affecting creative adjustments
  • Retouching an image
  • Sharpening images
  • Preparing for print and web use
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

The more capable "standard" Healing Brush

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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Q: This course was updated on 09/17/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. This includes everything from opening the program to retouching your photographs with the Healing and Content-Aware tools.
 
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