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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 50 of 118

Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 50 of 118

Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools


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Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools

all right, let's work on other images that might help us really learn to think about how to use these features. Let's take a look up here and see if we can really get a sense for the true difference between clone stamp healing. Brush in spot healing brush. So first clone stamp with clone Stamp your just blatantly copying from one area and putting it somewhere else. And if you were used a hard edge brush, that would be nothing to help you blend it in with its surroundings. And that means that if I copy from this area here option clicking and I apply it over here, it's just a blatant application with no attempt to get it to look good. Choose, undo. If, on the other hand, I switched to the healing brush and I copy from the exact same area, and I apply it over here, the results will be completely different because any tool with the word healing attached to it will try to precisely match both the brightness and color of whatever's right outside the area where you've applied it Well, if you ...

look right outside that circle, you sees a completely different color in a completely different brightness. So when I click, it can still use that and apply it just fine. So therefore, if I wanted to get rid of these little vents that were in here, I could use the healing brush tool. And just to show you that it's possible I can copy up here from the red. I just option clicked all clicking and windows, and I can come right down here to apply it. Now you can see that is trying to blend in with what's on the edge, and therefore you see it getting a little kind of blurry looking in dark on the left side. That's because it's blending them with the rest of that vent. Once I get beyond the edge of event, though, it attempts to blend in with the color that's right next to it. I continue going if I want, because up on the red Object you can see the cross there of where it's copying from. And there's more space available so I can come in here and there might be enough space to get that entire that. Now, when I got to about there, you start seeing a slightly bright vertical area within my circle and you can see it over on the red object. Can you see it right here? It's like a little scratch or paint spot. Well, it's just picking up the variation and brightness that was over here and it was using it there. So you see that starting to show up all I need to do is copy from another area, come down there and clean it up. I'm gonna choose undo a few times to get rid of that. And that was the healing brush. The healing brush means copy the variation and brightness from one spot and apply it somewhere else. But when you do, make sure you match both the brightness and color. So to show you a few other examples, I'll copy from this bright white area option click, and I'll use it to get rid of this spot on the dark Red works just fine. If, on the other hand, I told it to copy from here, it's going to copy the texture that's here. So if I use that to try to come in here and get rid of something in this file, let's say going there, look, you can see the texture of the wall. It's a matter of the variation of brightness needs to be appropriate. So then we have the spot healing brush in the spot healing brush. It tries to pick where to copy from, and it doesn't try to do it an intelligent way. So I could come in here and paint over one of these letters and I gotta paint over the whole thing. All I see is a black overlay, and it's only when I let go that it decides where to copy from so I can go across each letter and see if it doesn't okay, job on occasion, it might mess up, and then I probably want to smooth it out so I can see what the edge of where kind of painted there. But we could get rid of that spot. Healing brush can usually do a pretty good job, and therefore I default to trying the spot healing brush first, because there's a good chance that it will just work and I won't have to do any additional work on the image. It's only when the spot healing brush fails three times in a row that I switch to something else. And when I switch to something else, if at all possible, all simply switched to the healing brush. And the only difference is with the healing brush, I tell it where to copy from. And so if I were to go in here and here, I can see kind of, ah, lighter, almost upside down V shape to this area. Maybe I copy from here. Option Click, and I decided to apply it over here. I'll get a bigger brush so I can see exactly where that transition into the shadow would be, so can line up out there, then get a smaller brush before I actually click to apply it. But I click and I dragged across like this and you'll see that same little upside down, V shaped bright area. Get transferred over here. But where did the color and brightness come from? Wherever surrounding this, what's causing copied from work here is the variation and brightness, and it takes a lot of time. I find for people to really get their head around that. So when I come over to an area like this and I see the shadow that's here, let's say, wanted to get rid of that shadow. Well, I would first try using the spot healing brush. And if I come over here, I need a paint across the entirety of the problem because it's gonna blend into whatever is right outside of where I painted. I don't want to blend into the dark, shadowy area, and it can do OK, but there's a grout line here that is now missing and so I can attempt to go over that a second time. Maybe had a smaller brush, and I paint right where the grout should be, hoping it's gonna bring it in. No luck. Try it again. Three strikes and you're out. That means I'm going to switch to a different tool to one. Going to switch to is the healing brush tool, and I'm just gonna look for another ground line. It could possibly go for this one, but that looks like it's dark. I want to see if I can find one. That's light, and I'm not sure if I will. If I can't find one that's light. Then I might end up copying from the one that's already existing in the same location, but I'll just look around for where all the grout lines are. And I don't see another light one. Therefore, it means I'm gonna have to copy from the one that's here. Eso What I would usually do in this case is I can attempt to just copy from here Option, click and then apply. And then once I'm done, I'll try to break it up so it doesn't look so much like an exact copy. Maybe I copied from a little bit here and then use that to join those two sections. And then I think I'm starting to look OK. I might be off the tiniest bit there, so I might need to come in and just do a tiny spit of a touch up down below, though I think I'm gonna have some issues. Let's go back to going to my spot healing brush and gonna paint across the entirety of that shadow. And the problem is, I'm gonna end up kissing up against the edge of an object that I don't want to remove, which is the edge of the stair. In any time your brush touches something just on the edge, it's going to try to blend in with it. It's gonna try to match both the color and brightness when I let go. It doesn't look right. And it tries to extend the stair over. And sure, if you want to give it three strikes before it's out, you can try it again and again each time it's gonna mess up. That's gonna happen when you come up and just kiss against an edge where you didn't want to retouch there. So what I'm gonna do here is try to isolate the problem so that it is surrounded on all sides by the proper brightness and color that should end up on that edge. So that means I'm gonna go to the clone stamp tool. I'm gonna copy from somewhere up here option clicking. And then I'm gonna come in here with a smaller brush, and I'm just gonna create a gap between the edge of the stairs and the where the shadow is. And if you ever seem to make any straight lines, that means that I clicked in one spot, held down the shift key, and I click somewhere else, which made a straight line here. I got a little over spray cell. Just grab the eraser tool and get rid of that over spray hoops. Where's my eraser tool? Oh, I'm not working out an empty layer. I should have created an empty layer at the beginning. Well, it's interesting, but it's not unsolvable as far as being able to erase that little over spray. If you click and hold on the eraser tool, there's actually let's see. It's not there. Where is it? Somewhere is the history brush. It's right here. Just above the eraser tool is the history brush. If you look at it, looks like a brush with kind of a U turn symbol on top of it. And when you paint with that tool, it paints with whatever your image looked like when you first opened it. And therefore, if there's any way where you messed up and you didn't use a layer by painting with that tool, I could bring it back to the original. Regardless, that's the history brush. Now I can continue with my clone stamp tool. I'm gonna copy from area on the right side option clicking there, and I'm just gonna again pain right up against the edge of that step. There's only so far I'll be able to go down before I bump into information that wouldn't be appropriate. I'll start copying from this edge down in here, right where that edge of the wall is. Option click. Come over here and make sure it's at the right height before clicking an appliance. There we go. Then down here at the bottom, we still have the shadow somewhat hitting the ground. So I need to get a gap there. So I'm gonna option click from the bottom edge of the wall approximately what I need. And now I think I have that shadow surrounded on most sides with the proper brightness and color. The only spot where it isn't is on the edge of the document. In often time, this tool does find on the edge of a document. So now I can attempt to use a spot healing brush to paint across this entire object. And I just make sure that the edge where I stopped painting is within that little gap that I created and that it doesn't actually touch the edge of the stairs and therefore wet it sees on the edge Is the appropriate brightness in color. Let go. It is still messed up. Well, I can always give it three strikes, which means give it a try again in the smaller area where it's messed up. But since you have to go across the entire problem, I think it's probably gonna mess up again. Ah, it's a smaller area, though, so I might be able to try that. But let's say I didn't want to do that. I'll choose undo a few times to get back to this point and all he was doing his typing command Z controls and windows to undo what I'll usually do. If it's a large problem like this is, I will end up breaking it up into multiple pieces. So I'm just gonna break this in half. Ah, copy for Neri up here with my clone stamp tool by option clicking. And then I'll paint painted in right here, copy a little bit from down here, painted in. Now this chunk up here is surrounded by the proper brightness and color separate where it hits the edge of the document, and now I can attempt to use the spot healing brush and just make sure that I end right within that gap. I created then do the same thing on this side. Don't let it touch the stairs. Don't let it touch the bottom of the floor area. It seems to be really want to be messing up over here. And if it just continues messing up, that's when you just say screw it. You got three strikes. I'm going to the normal healing brush tool. All manually copy from over here to force you to copy from there. And then I'll come in here and paint that in, and then I'll manually copy from another area. But you get the idea of how you could fix an area that is too big and complicated for the spot healing brush. Deal with by breaking it up into separate pieces and those separate pieces just make sure on all sides, you've surrounded it with right brightness that it should end up being in the right color. Ah, and then it can tackle that

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  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail



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