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Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 54 of 118

The Patch Tool


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 54 of 118

The Patch Tool


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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:

  • Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
  • Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
  • Smart Objects, Transforming, Actions, Filters, and Editing Video
  • 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.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


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


a Creativelive Student

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Robert Andrews

Blake Rudis is the absolute best in teaching photoshop. His knowledge and how he presents the instruction is clear and concise - there is NO ONE BETTER. Yes, his classes require some basic skills, and maybe I'd organize the order of (or group) the classes in a different order, but, let me be clear - if anyone is to be successful or famous in the Photoshop world, it should be Blake Rudis. I strongly recommend his teaching. I started photography and post processing in 2018, and because of this class, I'm know what Im doing. The energy you get when you create something beautiful is profound, it makes you bounce out of bed (at 4AM) like a 5 year old, to go create. It's a great ride! Thanks Blake, & Thanks Creative live.

Esther Gambrell

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!