Chapter 13

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• Apply the Clone Stamp tool to hide flaws
• Work with the Healing Brush
• Use the Patch tool to repair solid-color areas • Softening images with Gaussian Blur 


Using the Clone Stamp Tool

Picks pixels from one area and pastes them into a new area Aligned – source-destination relationship remains constant Non-aligned – pixels are applied anywhere

Option/Alt click to collect pixels from one location

Click in the new location to paste pixels

Using the Healing Brush Tool

Use to retouch and repair areas of subtle gradations Works like Clone Stamp

Option/Alt-click to “load pixels”

Click to paint pixels

The Healing Brush makes subtle changes so multiple passes are usually required

Works like clone stamp tool except that Photoshop calculates a blending of the sample pixels and painting area so that the restoration is especially subtle. 

Path Tool

Used to repair large areas of solid or near-solid color Source – repairs the selection shape Destination – repairs the repositioned location

Analyze an image from the upper left horizontally across the image and back to the left. Works like healing brush tool but instead of using brush strokes to paint from a designated

area, you drag a marquee around the area to be fixed. 


History Brush

Works like clone stamp tool except that it paints pixels from a designed previous state or snapshot that you select in the history palette. 


Softening Image with Gaussian Blur

Softening is used to blur and smooth gradations to make an image appear softer Blurring averages dark and light values

Gaussian Blur can also be used to prevent banding in blends