The Patch Tool


Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp


Lesson Info

The Patch Tool

The Patch tool is very, very intuitive. I really do enjoy the Patch tool. It's different, in that, with the Clone Stamp tool, we're trying to find an area that we want to replace, with the Patch tool, we are trying to select the area that we want to replace, and then replace it with an area that we select. So, it's a little bit backwards, all right? And the Patch tool has two different, distinct ways we can use it. We can either use it as the source or the destination. If we use it as the source, if I were to highlight this area, again, it's basically, this Patch tool is using the technology of the Lasso tool, the freeform Lasso tool, so when I make a selection around this area, that is the freeform Lasso essentially that we talk about in Selections. Now, if I go ahead and move this down to here, I'm telling it to fill in that area with gray. If I were to make a new layer here, I could also work on a new layer. So, if I were to ... Wait a second, I don't think I can work on a new layer...

here. No, I can't, yeah. So, if you're thinking that you can use this on a new layer, like I just did, you can't, because if you try to click this and move this over it's gonna say, "You cannot use this on this area "because that area is empty." So, we have to know that the Patch tool is going to be something that is relatively destructive, so that if we do want to work on this image, instead of maybe making a new layer to work on, we could just duplicate this background layer to make sure that we still have all of the data that's there, the original data below it. So, if I were gonna use the Patch tool here and just click around here and move this over to here, it's gonna take a literal selection from that area. So, this Patch tool does use diffusion as well, and, again, keep in mind that diffusion is gonna be one through three for things that are grainy, and five through seven for things that are not so grainy. For this we'll just go ahead and press Control + D and then Control + Z to go back ... Control + Alt +Z to go back in time a little bit. So, if we had this set to destination, what we're saying with destination is that the area that we are selecting we want to replace the area that we're going to put it to. So, if I have this set to destination, when I click and drag on this Patch tool and move this down here, it's actually going to make a duplicate copy of that red, instead of use the area that we want to patch it. So, we can either use the very literal area that we want to patch another area with, in this case we want to patch the rest of the image with those polka dots, so we move that around, or, if we set this to source, to get rid of those, we just do the lasso, move it around, and get rid of those areas. And, again, this is happening on it's own layer now. It's happening on a duplicate of our background layer. This tool, because it is a selection-based tool, can be used with any selection that we have. So, if you were to use something like the Marquee tool, you can marquee this, and then after you marquee it, pop down to the Patch tool, and move it up. So, you can still use something like a Marquee tool, Elliptical Marquee tool, Polygonal Lasso tool, Lasso tool, any tool that can be used to make a selection you can use with the Patch tool. And the Patch tool is pretty darn smart, though. So, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take this area right here, move it down to here, patch this area up, see what happens. Patch tool is pretty smart. Not only is it going and taking the literal selection from the area I'm telling it to, it's also healing in the process. So, notice how it went from a magenta area here, we moved it down to a blue area, and it filled in that area. So, if I grab this area here, maybe set that diffusion a little bit higher, drop this down, see how it blends it in a little bit better. But, it's smart and it's intuitive in that it's taking the colors around it and it's patching in those areas, even if there's other colors in that area, which, as we saw before with the Clone Stamp tool, it wouldn't do that. The Clone Stamp tool wouldn't do that. The Clone Stamp tool literally takes the area that we select and patches that area. So, the Clone Stamp tool is more than likely closer to what we would look at with something like the Healing Brush, and the Clone Stamp tool is kind of a mixture between ... Or, the Patch tool, is a mixture between the Clone Stamp tool and the Healing Brush or Spot Healing Brush, more than likely the Spot Healing Brush. Lot of technology that's being built into one. So, how this works on an image like this: if I were to move down here and grab, I'm working on the layer now, grab this area here, move this over to here, fill in that spot. It fills in that spot. It tries to pick the best color around it. Sometimes it's not going to be the best, it's kind of unpredictable, again because it's got healing involved in it. So, sometimes you might need to bring the diffusion up just to see if maybe bringing the diffusion up is gonna help, that might not help. Or bring the diffusion down, to get it to patch that area a little bit better. See how, when I move this up and down like this it's trying to automatically connect something for me, if I press the Command or Control key, it allows me to freeform it without it actually making any of those magnetic adjustments for me. So, diffusion sits at 1 there, actually look pretty good. And would this be a really good patch? Not necessarily, but then after I've done the bulk of the work I could go in with the Healing Brush, I could go in with the Clone Stamp tool, I could go in to whatever I want to fix that up with the Patch tool. There are some other healing tools that we have here to heal up our images. Let me go and fix that real quick just so you can see what I'm talking about. So, I'll move from the Patch tool to the Clone Stamp tool, and start working on this area here. So, after I've done the patch, I can then clean up with the Clone Stamp tool. There's a line here that doesn't belong, clean that up. And then zoom out, and that car is now gone. If we look at our before imagine, there's the before, there's the after, removed a couple of them. You can see it would take a long time. Now, this is a downloadable image with this, I highly suggest you take the challenge to remove every one. Take the time to do it, 'cause if you can do that on this image and make it look really good, the next time you need to use the Patch tool, or the Clone Stamp tool, or the Healing tool, try all of them. Try to see what's gonna work best for you on an image like this, and then any image you have from there on out you're gonna be spot-on.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop® expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop®. Topics covered will include:

Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop® prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.

Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018


1Bootcamp Introduction 2The Bridge Interface 3Setting up Bridge 4Overview of Bridge 5Practical Application of Bridge 6Introduction to Raw Editing 7Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface 8Global Tools Part 1 9Global Tools Part 2 10Local Tools 11Introduction to the Photoshop Interface 12Toolbars, Menus and Windows 13Setup and Interface 14Adobe Libraries 15Saving Files 16Introduction to Cropping 17Cropping for Composition in ACR 18Cropping for Composition in Photoshop 19Cropping for the Subject in Post 20Cropping for Print 21Perspective Cropping in Photoshop 22Introduction to Layers 23Vector & Raster Layers Basics 24Adjustment Layers in Photoshop 25Organizing and Managing Layers 26Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes 27Screen and Multiply and Overlay 28Soft Light Blend Mode 29Color and Luminosity Blend Modes 30Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes 31Introduction to Layer Styles 32Practical Application: Layer Tools 33Introduction to Masks and Brushes 34Brush Basics 35Custom Brushes 36Brush Mask: Vignettes 37Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn 38Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation 39Mask Groups 40Clipping Masks 41Masking in Adobe Camera Raw 42Practical Applications: Masks 43Introduction to Selections 44Basic Selection Tools 45The Pen Tool 46Masks from Selections 47Selecting Subjects and Masking 48Color Range Mask 49Luminosity Masks Basics 50Introduction to Cleanup Tools 51Adobe Camera Raw 52Healing and Spot Healing Brush 53The Clone Stamp Tool 54The Patch Tool 55Content Aware Move Tool 56Content Aware Fill 57Custom Cleanup Selections 58Introduction to Shapes and Text 59Text Basics 60Shape Basics 61Adding Text to Pictures 62Custom Water Marks 63Introduction to Smart Objects 64Smart Object Basics 65Smart Objects and Filters 66Smart Objects and Image Transformation 67Smart Objects and Album Layouts 68Smart Objects and Composites 69Introduction to Image Transforming 70ACR and Lens Correction 71Photoshop and Lens Correction 72The Warp Tool 73Perspective Transformations 74Introduction to Actions in Photoshop 75Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface 76Making Your First Action 77Modifying Actions After You Record Them 78Adding Stops to Actions 79Conditional Actions 80Actions that Communicate 81Introduction to Filters 82ACR as a Filter 83Helpful Artistic Filters 84Helpful Practical Filters 85Sharpening with Filters 86Rendering Trees 87The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters 88Introduction to Editing Video 89Timeline for Video 90Cropping Video 91Adjustment Layers and Video 92Building Lookup Tables 93Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type 94ACR to Edit Video 95Animated Gifs 96Introduction to Creative Effects 97Black, White, and Monochrome 98Matte and Cinematic Effects 99Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades 100Gradients 101Glow and Haze 102Introduction to Natural Retouching 103Brightening Teeth 104Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool 105Cleaning and Brightening Eyes 106Advanced Clean Up Techniques 107Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization 108ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits 109Portrait Workflow Techniques 110Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization 111Landscape Workflow Techniques 112Introduction to Compositing & Bridge 113Composite Workflow Techniques 114Landscape Composite Projects 115Bonus: Rothko and Workspace 116Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos 117Bonus: The Mask (Extras) 118Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


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