Adobe Photoshop Tutorial. Copyright Michael B. Karbo.

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    25. Repairs (2. step)

    One of the new items in Photoshop 7 is the so-called Healing Brush. That is a rather special tool, which is used for a particular form of image repairs.

    The Healing Brush is in many ways just a special version of the Stamp cloner. But the tool has its own ”profile”; and with the right motif the effect can be almost magic!

    1.   Get the picture top.jpg from the home page for this booklet.

    2.   Choose menu items File --> Save As… Select the Photoshop format, and save the picture as top.psd.

    Figure 61. A thoughtful brow with a characteristic vertical wrinkle. Wonder how it would look if if it was smoothed?

    The Healing Brush

    You have previosly worked with the clone tool (see page 53). The cloner simply copies all pixels from a source point to an area. The Healing Brush behaves a little different. In stead of just cloning pixels, the area’s structure is cloned.

    You can remove wrinkles from a face. That is done by finding a skin area in the picture where there are no wrinkles. You place your source point there. Then you can paint or ”dab” over the wrinkle, which is then smoothed out! Now you are going to try that on Peter’s face:

    1.   You are going to ”heal” a motif. You have top.psd on your screen. You can clearly see the vertical wrinkle.

    2.   lick on the The Healing Brush in the tool box (or press j). That is button number four in the left column:

    3.   Right click somewhere in the picture, and select a suitable brush size (42 px):

    4.   Return to the picture by pressing Enter twice.

    5.   Then find a relatively smooth area on the forehead. Hold the Alt key down, and click once on that smooth forehead area to define the source point:

    6.   Then paint with short strokes (or dab with individual clicks) down over the wrinkle:

    7.   The effect may look peculiar at first, but when you release the mouse button the area is ”healed” after a brief interval.

    8.   Continue down through the length of the wrinkle – the skin is now smoothed!

    9.   If you encounter problems getting a natural result, you can change source point along the way. That gives more variation in the skin texture; you only need to move the point very little from the original placement. Remember to paint with very short strokes or just individual dabs.

    10. You might want to use the blur tool (press r) for the final finish, if there should be any remaining less successful details.

    11. Try to remove some of the other forehead wrinkles also. Save the picture again.

    Stop-gap solutions with the Patch Tool

    There is a sub function in the Healing Brush called The Patch Tool. Try that:

    1.   Open the original picture top.jpg.

    2.   Select Patch Tool from the menu:

    3.   You need to remove the vertical wrinkle again using a different technique. Use the mouse to drag a selection around the wrinkle:

    4.   Place the cursor within the selection. You now need to drag the selection to a new position. Drag it upward until it is over a relatively smooth skin area.

    5.   Then release the mouse button. The structure from the smooth area is transferred to the original area.

    6.   Save the picture as top2.psd.

    The Patch Tool is actually just a variant of The Healing Brush. For some tasks it is convenient to be able to heal a complete area in one move. Now you have seen how it is done. And then we change subject …

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