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By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Using the healing brush to mirror part of an image

In this week’s free technique, Deke takes a look at the healing brush, with a particular focus on using a similar, mirrored part of an image (such as the other side of a person’s face) to retouch a large area.

Of course, sometimes the character of a face should be left to its own beauty and evocativeness. But if you need to retouch large areas that are the mirror image of another area, this week’s technique will show you how to exploit the symmetry of the human face to your advantage.

Faces are generally symmetrical, so if you need to use the right side as a source for the left side, you’re going to have to flip the information somewhere along the way. In Deke’s case, he needs to flip the eye on the right over, as well as angle it more appropriately to his subject’s face once it reaches its destination (because no one is perfectly symmetrical). Enter the Clone Source panel, a handy device for changing the orientation and angle of your cloned pixels. The result, you can see below, is simple but effective:

Join us next week for another free technique from Deke.

Interested in more? • The entire Deke’s Techniques collection • courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library® • courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

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