Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Fixing the sky with the Patch tool, part of Photoshop for Photographers: 2014 Creative Cloud Updates.
The best Photoshop retouching is seamless. It goes unnoticed. And so in this movie, I want to highlight a new feature, which will help you to achieve better retouching results, when you're using your content aware tools. Here I want to talk about some of these content aware settings which can help us achieve more seamless results. You know, often, we'll need to retouch something away from a photograph because we didn't notice it when we captured the frame. Like with this picture, I didn't notice the contrails here in the sky.
So, I want to get rid of this element from the image. Now, when you are working on a larger area of your photograph, often it's a good idea to work with a tool like the patch tool. So here, lets patch away that problem. We'll go ahead and zoom into this part of the image. And we'll zoom in nice and close, so we can work on this area. You can find the patch tool underneath your spot helium brush. Select it right here. Up in the options bar, what we want to do is patch this as content aware. When you select that, you'll notice we have some new adaptation controls.
Click on the gear icon and you can see that we have the ability to control structure and color. You can think of structure kind of like shape, then next color has to do with color brightness or tonal blending. Let's take a look at how these controls work. First we'll leave them on the default settings. Low values here one and zero. If we leave those on the default settings and do some patch work, this will perform as it did in previous versions of your Photoshop. What you do with the patch tools, you make a selection around the item that you want to get rid of.
So, here I am doing that. Drag your cursor around that and go ahead and make that selection. By clicking and dragging around the object. Next, position your cursor over the selected area, and then drag to a new area that doesn't have any blemishes in it, then we'll let go. Now when we let go, we can see it did a pretty good job, except for down below, right in this area. Well if you go to the gear icon and increase the structure, what you'll see is that it will get rid of that issue, and it will follow more closely the shape that we have here.
Let me zoom on, in on that so you can see the difference down below, looks much nicer, now when I take the structure down, we have a little bit of a problem there. So again structure can help us around those edges. And it can also help us to have or follow that shape that we have there. Now sometimes what can happen is as we're working with these values, we can introduce other issues. If I hide the marching ends, which we can do by pressing Cmd + H on a MAC or Ctrl + H on Windows, you can see that while we did remove the contrails, there's this bright stripe though the photograph doesn't look very good.
How can we fix that, well we have a few options. We can work with our color value, as we increase this. Here, let me bring it up just a few points, that will help us to blend all those colors back together. We could also try decreasing the structure a point or two. Sometimes that can help to have a little bit of a smoother look. Again, we're trying to achieve or accomplish retouching which is near invisible, which is seamless. And as we look at this area of the image, it's really hard to tell what area we're working on because the results looks so good.
And all of this has to do with these adaptation controls. So again, as you're thinking about these controls, think of structure really as shape and then color has to do with tonal or color blending. Increase that, in order to have more blending. That being said, if you go too high let me take this up to 10 in certain scenarios it won't necessarily work better, you can see it's now really dark right there. So sometimes what you have to do is experiment and try to find just the right number, so it blends that in seamlessly.
All right, well, last but not least, what you'll want to do is zoom out to evaluate the whole image, make sure it looks good there, but keep in mind you still have an active selection, right? I just hid the marching ants, you can hide the selection by pressing Cmd+H on a MAC or Ctrl+H on windows. We can bring that back. So, in order to finish this off, what we need to do is to de-select, that is our final step. So, here we go to Select and then choose De-select and we are now done retouching away, that blemish in our photograph.