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The healing brush tool lets you correct imperfections, causing them to disappear into the surrounding image. Like the cloning tools, you use the healing brush tool to paint with sampled pixels from an image or pattern. However, the healing brush tool also matches the texture, lighting, and shading of the sampled pixels to the source pixels. As a result, the repaired pixels blend seamlessly into the rest of the image.

healing tool

To use the healing brush tool:

  1. Select the healing brush tool.Click the brush sample in the options bar and set brush options in the pop-up palette
  2. If you’re using a pressure-sensitive digitizing tablet, choose an option from the Size menu to vary the size of the healing brush over the course of a stroke. Choose Pen Pressure to base the variation on the pen pressure. Choose Stylus Wheel to base the variation on the position of the pen thumbwheel. Choose Off to not vary the size.
  3. Choose a blending mode from the Mode pop-up menu in the options bar: Choose Replace to preserve noise, film grain, and texture at the edges of the brush stroke.
  4. Choose a source to use for repairing pixels in the options bar: Sampled to use pixels from the current image, or Pattern to use pixels from a pattern. If you chose Pattern, select a pattern from the Pattern pop-up palette.
  5. Determine how you want to align the sampled pixels: If you select Aligned in the options bar, you can release the mouse button without losing the current sampling point. As a result, the sampled pixels are applied continuously, no matter how many times you stop and resume painting. If you deselect Aligned in the options bar, the sampled pixels are applied from the initial sampling point each time you stop and resume painting.
  6. For the healing brush tool in sampling mode, set the sampling point by positioning the pointer in any open image and Alt-clicking (Windows) or Option-clicking (Mac OS).

Note: If you are sampling from one image and applying to another, both images must be in the same color mode unless one of the images is in Grayscale mode.

Finally, drag in the image. The sampled pixels are melded with the existing pixels each time you release the mouse button. Look in the status bar to view the status of the melding process.

Also note that this trick works well in PhotoShop Version 7.0. Do you know how it works in the newer versions of PhotoShop?

– Millie

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The crop tool in PhotoShop has an additional option that allows you to transform the perspective in an image. This is very useful when working with images that contain keystone distortion. Keystone distortion occurs when an object is photographed from an angle rather than from a straight-on view. For example, if you take a picture of a tall building from ground level, the edges of the building appear closer at the top than they do at the bottom.

Changing perspective in PhotoShop

Changing perspective in PhotoShop

To transform the perspective in an image:

  1. Select the crop tool  and set the crop mode.
  2. Drag the cropping marquee around an object that was rectangular in the original scene (although it doesn’t appear rectangular in the image). You’ll use the edges of this object to define the perspective in the image. The marquee doesn’t have to be precise–you’ll adjust it later.

Note: You must select an object that was rectangular in the original scene or PhotoShop will not be able to transform the perspective in the image.

  1. Select Perspective in the options bar, and set the other options as desired.
  2. Move the corner handles of the cropping marquee to match the object’s edges. This defines the perspective in the image, so it is important to precisely match the object’s edges.
  3. Drag the side handles to extend the cropping bounds while preserving the perspective.

Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS); click the Commit button in the options bar; or double-click inside the cropping marquee.

I hope you manged to get it done right!! more PhotoShop tricks coming soon…keep watching this blog!

– Millie

You’ll find that when you download pictures from your camera or phone onto your computer, the file sizes of the photos are huge. Here’s a great way of reducing that file size: Just open the file using Adobe PhotoShop software and save it again – with the same .jpg extension. PhotoShop compresses the size and takes away the extra weight! A file size of 160kb can easily be reduced to 16kb!!

In the next posts to come, there’ll be more interesting and perhaps useful tips…keep readin’!!

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