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Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush


Class Trailer
1 Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 04:05 2 Bridge vs. Lightroom 06:39 3 Tour of Photoshop Interface 18:21 4 Overview of Bridge Workspace 07:42 5 Overview of Lightroom Workspace 11:21 6 Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents 08:19 7 How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:10 8 Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders 13:09
9 Developing Raw Images 30:33 10 Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs 09:12 11 How to Save Images 03:37 12 Using the Transform Tool 04:48 13 Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020 06:03 14 Selection Tools 05:55 15 Combining Selection Tools 07:37 16 Using Automated Selection Tools 17:34 17 Quick Mask Mode 05:07 18 Select Menu Essentials 21:28 19 Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 13:00 20 Align Active Layers 07:29 21 Creating a New Layer 06:15 22 Creating a Clipping Mask 03:02 23 Using Effects on Layers 11:24 24 Using Adjustment Layers 16:44 25 Using the Shape Tool 04:39 26 Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool 04:39 27 Masking Multiple Images Together 15:15 28 Using Layer Masks to Remove People 10:50 29 Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky 10:04 30 Adding Texture to Images 09:11 31 Layering to Create Realistic Depth 05:35 32 Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:29 33 Optimizing Grayscale with Levels 10:59 34 Adjusting Levels with a Histogram 03:37 35 Understanding Curves 06:18 36 Editing an Image Using Curves 18:41 37 Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment 07:19 38 Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode 07:14 39 Editing with Blending Modes 08:04 40 Color Theory 05:59 41 Curves for Color 16:52 42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments 08:59 43 Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment 13:33 44 Match Colors Using Numbers 16:59 45 Adjusting Skin Tones 05:25 46 Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw 10:52 47 Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush 07:53 48 Retouching with the Clone Stamp 06:51 49 Retouching with the Healing Brush 04:34 50 Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools 13:07 51 Extending an Edge with Content Aware 03:42 52 Clone Between Documents 13:19 53 Crop Tool 10:07 54 Frame Tool 02:59 55 Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools 08:14 56 Paint Brush Tools 13:33 57 History Brush Tool 06:27 58 Eraser and Gradient Tools 03:06 59 Brush Flow and Opacity Settings 04:17 60 Blur and Shape Tools 11:06 61 Dissolve Mode 09:24 62 Multiply Mode 15:29 63 Screen Mode 14:08 64 Hard Light Mode 14:54 65 Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes 11:31 66 Smart Filters 11:32 67 High Pass Filter 13:40 68 Blur Filter 05:59 69 Filter Gallery 07:42 70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter 04:43 71 Combing Filters and Features 04:45 72 Select and Mask 20:04 73 Manually Select and Mask 08:08 74 Creating a Clean Background 21:19 75 Changing the Background 13:34 76 Smart Object Overview 08:37 77 Nested Smart Objects 09:55 78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects 09:08 79 Replace Contents 06:55 80 Raw Smart Objects 10:20 81 Multiple Instances of a Smart Object 12:59 82 Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects 05:42 83 Panoramas 13:15 84 HDR 11:20 85 Focus Stacking 04:02 86 Time-lapse 11:18 87 Light Painting Composite 08:05 88 Remove Moire Patterns 06:11 89 Remove Similar Objects At Once 09:52 90 Remove Objects Across an Entire Image 05:46 91 Replace a Repeating Pattern 06:50 92 Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel 10:27 93 Remove an Object with a Complex Background 07:49 94 Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes 12:27 95 Warping 11:03 96 Liquify 14:02 97 Puppet Warp 12:52 98 Displacement Map 10:36 99 Polar Coordinates 07:19 100 Organize Your Layers 11:02 101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss 02:59 102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep 12:34 103 Blending Options: Blend if 13:18 104 Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image 06:27 105 Layer Comps 08:30 106 Black-Only Shadows 06:07 107 Create a Content Aware Fill Action 08:46 108 Create a Desaturate Edges Action 07:42 109 Create an Antique Color Action 13:52 110 Create a Contour Map Action 10:20 111 Faux Sunset Action 07:20 112 Photo Credit Action 05:54 113 Create Sharable Actions 07:31 114 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1 10:23 115 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2 07:57 116 Image Compatibility with Lightroom 03:29 117 Scratch Disk Is Full 06:02 118 Preview Thumbnail 02:10

Lesson Info

Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush

were very limited in what we can do here in camera. And I would rather spend our time learning the really powerful retouching stuff. So let's go in and take a look. It would photo shop offers in photo shop we have three main tools will be using. That is the clone stamp tool, the healing brush in the spot healing brush. If you get used to all three of those tools and you truly understand how they work, then you'll be able to tackle most retouching jobs. So in here we have some tourists in Iceland and I would like to remove them from my photograph. I'm gonna go to my tools panel and there I'm going to find this lot right below the eyedropper tool. And that's where I'm gonna find the spot healing brush with the spot healing brush active. I'm gonna use a hard edge brush any time I use a tool that has the word healing attached. I almost always use a hard edge brush. If I use a soft edged brush, then the tool will not have control all the way out to the edge of war. My brushes, because of th...

e soft edge it will force it to fade out. Well, if it's trying to precisely match both the color in the brightness out there on the edge, it won't be able to with that soft brush. So it's only with the heart of brush that it will have full control all the way out to the edge. So I'm just gonna go on top of these people that are here and with a hard edge brush in the spot, healing brush active, I'm gonna click. And before I let go, I'm gonna paint over the entirety of what needs to be removed. And since this one person is in contact is touching the other, I'm gonna paint over them as well. And only when I got the entire thing covered am I gonna release the Mass? But now, because this tool has the word healing in its name, that means it's going to attempt to match both the brightness and the color of whatever is right on the edge of where I've painted. And that's why I did not paint over so far that I would just about be touching the guy to the left if I did extend far enough where I just touched him than it would attempt to try to match it because it would be touching the edge. So let go. And that's not bad, other than this area down here where the walking path got broken. So I'll just click on that area and see if it does an okay job. Often times I need to just get a smaller and smaller brush to get into those tighter areas. Then I'll go to the next person and do that as well, making sure I cover the entirety of it. I don't want to stop halfway. I'll choose, undo just for a moment. If I do stop halfway, let's say it started the top and I worked down like this. Well, now it assumes that it's supposed to match the brightness and color of everything that's right outside of that. So at the bottom, you see black pants, and therefore it thinks it needs to match a black object. Therefore, it might choose to grab some of the rocks that are above into the right to make it look like it's appropriate to, you know, match with those pants. Let's see, well, it extended the pants up at least. And so instead, I want to paint over the entirety of the object, because then what is out there on the edges? What it should end up matching, and it's relatively easy to remove those people now. So far I've been working directly on the layer that contains the original picture. And that's not what I would usually suggest. Because if you mess up and you happen and not notice until you've already closed that image, maybe you noticed it a month later when you're making a big print, while is impossible for me to bring back those people using just the information that's in this file because look in my layers panel, the people just aren't found anywhere. So what I'm gonna do now is Revert this picture that's gonna bring it back to its original version in before I actually do the retouching. I'd go in my layers panel, and I create a brand new empty layer by clicking on the new layer icon. And then when I go to my healing brush, I need to make sure up here in my options bar that this check box right here called Sample all layers is turned on the default setting would have it turned off. So I gotta have that turned on. Otherwise, when it's turned off, it only looks at the layer that's currently active, and that's the only layer it be able to copy from, well, that layers empty. So this tool just would not work whatsoever if that check box wasn't turned on and I was working on an empty layer. But now I can come in here and reach out, touch out the same people, and because I'm working on an empty layer, my results they're not permanent because the original untouched picture can still be found at the bottom of my layers pounds, and therefore all you need to do to see before and after is to turn off the eyeball on that layer to reveal the original picture that's underneath. Turn the I buy back on, and I see my results. And if I hide the layer that's underneath, I can see just the retouching. Now, after you have applied retouching like that, I suggest that you zoom up and you be a little bit critical of it because you'll often find repeated shapes. For instance, here, if you see some yellow flowers right here within kind of a darker mass. That is a blatant copy of this area right here. And so if you end up doing retouching, it can often be obvious if you don't look for those things. And so I'll look for blatant repeat, so get a smaller brush and then I'll try to break them up so it doesn't look like exactly like another area within the image. Also here I see kind of a distinct shape that looks very similar to this one, and I don't always retouch out the one that I've just created. It's a repeat. Sometimes I go back to the original one. Retouch it out instead. What? I try to look for those repeats and see if I can break them up to make them not look quite the same here. This area looks just about identical to that area, so break one of them up, and if it refuses to retouch something out, that's when you tackle the other repeat, and if it still won't do it either connected to together, I don't force them to get rid of it or just switched to a different tool. Pretty much this tool is the one that picks for you, where to copy from and I give it three strikes and then it's out, meaning three tries to fix an area. And if it messes up three times, I switched to a different tool, and the other tool will most likely be a more manual application. But it's gonna be something gives you more control or more influence, at least over the end result. That's more people here, but you can see that just the single tool is often enough to tackle most simple retouching jobs. All our people were gone. That's the spot healing brush in the spot. Healing Brush picks a location on its own to copy from an. Oftentimes, it's a mix of surrounding elements. It's not always a blatant large area. Eso it could do a very nice job, but at the same time it's very common for it to mess up and you have to take control

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • 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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