Using Photoshop’s correction tools is a great way to remove unwanted elements from your photos, from smudges and blemishes to sensor dust, power lines and more. But did you know that there is more than one healing tool? Let’s take a look at this fabulous tool in Photoshop.
Located on the left side of the toolbar (when using the Photography workspace). If you don’t see the icons listed below, click the three dots at the bottom of the toolbar and add them to your toolbar by selecting Edit Toolbar.
Looks like a bandage with a handle
This uses Adobe AI to remove marks and blemishes. Ideal for small or hard to reach places. Power lines, flyaways, acne and more. You can access this tool with the ‘J’ hotkey, and switch between the other J healing tools, by pressing Shift + J.
I have my mouse pointer slightly larger than the area I want to cover. My mode is set to Override and Content Aware. It’s a good idea to do this on a new layer.
Looks like a bandage (no handle)
The Healing Brush tool lets you fix imperfections by painting with pixels from another part of your image. You will need to select the pixels you want to use by pressing Alt and left-clicking.
I have my mouse pointer slightly larger than the area I want to cover. I have my Mode set to Normal, My Source as Sampled and Sample set to Current and Below, and Diffusion set to 5. It’s a great idea to do this on a new layer.
Looks like a patch with small dots
The Patch tool lets you replace an entire section or selected area with pixels from another part of the image. Similar to the Healing Brush tool, but great for large areas.
You need to draw the area you want to cover. Then drag it to the area you want to replace it with. I have my mode set to Normal, My Source as Source, and Broadcast set to 5. This needs to be done at the level you are working on.
Check it all out in the video below.