Healing Brush in Camera RAW in Photoshop
there is one last place where you might consider healing cloning, mostly healing. And that is inside camera, raw or light room. And I'm using cameras will show it there because here's where why you need to make this decision. So I'm gonna look at this and say I really actually kind of like the way this is exposed. Fact. I'm gonna lower the exposure just a bit to make it more dramatic. And it hit open object. Oh, this allows me to talk about two things at once. I love when that happens. So the other question that people always ask is I was trying to use your advice about using smart objects. But if I tried to clone or hell on them, I get this message of this little symbol. It's going to say you can't do that. So the solution is add a new layer, which, as we've already talked about, I would do that anyway, regardless of its a smart object around. Okay, so that will solve that problem. So now let's say that I really don't want this plug here, so let's use the spot healing brush and try to...
remove it does a pretty good job. Here's the Onley little problem. Okay, let's get that because I know someone's looking and saying, Can you take that out too? Okay, I knew someone's gonna say its all just I'll just get cut to the chase and do it. The problem is this. As cool as it is to heal, patch etcetera onto a new layer, it's a one shot deal. So now if I decide you know what I think the expose a little off. Here's where the problem comes. I do that. Go back to camera raw thing and I moved the exposure up and click OK, and now I have patches that don't match because it's a one shot deal and that you have to be prepared for that. So that's why generally we do any kind of patching healing as late on in the process as you can, where you're pretty convinced that your settings for exposure etcetera are correct. However, there is an option that might help you avoid that, and that is in camera raw itself. There is also the option to do the same kind of work, so it's a tool that looks like this. And oh, look it says healing Now in the earlier verse, a camera, It was a spot. It was always a little circle. So to do something, this wouldn't work. Now, even though it looks like a circle, you can still paint with it. It's gonna take about nine hours. Print finish. I don't know why it did that. It's like, really, really slow. We That's really slow. Come on, you can do it. So this is the down side. While it works, it's gonna be just a hair slower because it's almost Justus fast, But yeah, so we'll come back tomorrow at about 9 a.m. And by then it should be almost finished. So but the point being that now I'm doing it right in camera Raw. So everything I do with exposure is gonna update because this is a live effect in camera raw. Where is a photo shop? It's a one shot deal. Okay, if you're really ever just looking for something toe kill a couple hours, just go like this with the healing brush in camera and just sit back and watch ago. I will catch up with you eventually. So it's going to take for I took way too biggest, high resolution image to make the point usually do with something much more. But I think you get the point that once I've done that, let's use our imaginations. Now that it is actually finished, then if I do is gonna kill it. If I do, any change to exposure will go hold on a second and it will redraw it again and try and improve upon it, whereas in that method of using a separate layer in photo shop, it's a one shot deal. So there's a kind of a balancing act. This is much slower for bigger areas, but it's a live effect. That means if you change any setting for you know, no introduction or exposure or whatever it is, it will attempt to cover it up normally. Having said that, I would do that with someone's face and little tiny blemishes. Not a huge plug in the wall like I did here, but it will eventually work, maybe tomorrow, but so that's the other alternative. I probably don't use as much as I should when I think about it, because there are times where I do want if I really want that ability to go back and forth, then camera is the place to do it. And I'll tell you the reason I don't as you just saw there. It's not the fastest thing in the world. But if you're we're not sure, I just haven't dialed in the right settings yet for exposure and vibrant and all that kind of stuff. Then this would least give you the opportunity to keep working, knowing that you change any of those settings your little clone, patchy thing and camera with update. So lots of different options. As you saw, the recurring theme was almost always on a separate layer. And anyone that let's use the word content aware in it generally is better. And the other very important theme is Keep reminding yourself, compared to the alternative. So times do you want to say, Well, that didn't work very well. It's still pretty talking could. Compared to the alternative you doing it all yourself questions. Yes, let's do these very quickly. We've got Gregory Lent and two others want to know. Can I rotate a patch tool selection Great for retouching, circular or curving objects? Um, well, I mean the selection for the patch tool is just based on you select this area once it's on that separate layer, you could technically do a bit of free transforming to try and make it fit, I guess. But it wouldn't necessarily then update and try and match in the surrounding textures. It be worth trying. I would say that mawr of the time I find myself using multiple patches to get to the result that I want. Okay, one from Photo Maker. Does content aware scale only work within the basic size of the original image or cannot be used to scale up an image to print in a larger size without losing resolution? It's It's not really meant for re sizing up its more meant for I need mawr of something or less. So you're either squishing mawr or like I did extend the background little bit. But you couldn't, for example, use content, aware scale and say, make it twice the size. In that case, I just use image size and make it bigger. You'll probably still get better quality or some like on one plug in or something that's meant to do sizing up dramatically great one from Jerry Strickland. Is it possible to use patch tool on another level, non destructively on another layer. Yeah. I mean, it's nondestructive the sense that you put on a separate layer. At least you can delete it and start over again. It's not gonna update later on. So once you've used all layers, the patch appears on the separate layer that you can then transform, adjust. But if you want toe alter the patch. At that point, you have just start again. But least you have that option by putting on a separate layer. Great. And then maybe kind of just a general overall thought about these techniques. In general, Pat Shelf says, with Dave commonly used these techniques in his work flow Or are they more for the amateur who couldn't get it right in camera? Well, I mean, I've always had the philosophy that that term get it right in the camera I use get it as the way you want in the camera as best you can. And sometimes the reality is you can't walk over and break that twig. That's sticking this much into your frame. So but I really want to frame it this way, so I'd be okay in that case would then jumping in to patch. Or he'll certainly with portrait's of people unless they have absolutely perfect skin, which most people don't. When you see it in the rial big size on a camera, I use those all the time for portrait work. And then when I know it's little distractions like in this case, this couple saying they're in reality, I can't cover. I mean, I could move the table of it, but there's a plug in the wall. I mean, I can't just reach over and say, Can you just paint over that while I stand here and wait for you? So there's always gonna be times where these tools will do that little bit of extra that just helps the image look the best it can.