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Fix with the spot healing brush

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
December 27, 2016

Heal quickly and easily without sampling


1. Prepare the tool


Select the Spot Healing Brush tool. In the Options bar, set the brush tip’s size and hardness. You can also tap the keyboard shortcuts – use [ and ] to adjust size, { and } to adjust hardness. Keep hardness low and make the brush slightly larger than the bug.

2. Choose type


Proximity Match patches the selection with pixel information surrounding your painting area. This is great for small blemishes. Texture generates texture based on the analysed data. Choose Content-Aware, which utilises the nearby image to fill the selection with details.

3. Keep non-destructive


To keep the editing non-destructive, create a new layer above the layer you want to fix. In the Options bar, ensure Sample All Layers is ticked. The original layer will remain intact. If the editing goes awry, you can wipe the editing layer and start over.

4. Start healing


When retouching, it’s very important to get a good look at the areas you’re treating. Use the Zoom tool (or Cmd/Ctrl and the + key) to get as close as needed. When using the Spot Healing Brush, you need to click and drag through the area.

5. Finish healing


If the first attempt didn’t completely remove the problem area, continue using the brush until you’ve sufficiently cleaned up the area and everything is blended well. Optionally, use the tool across multiple layers so you have fallback points.

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