Removing with the Patch Tool


Photoshop: Content-Aware & Cloning


Lesson Info

Removing with the Patch Tool

So if you're following along at home he purchased the file you have all of my exercise documents here so we're in folder number four cleverly named content aware patch and let's take a look close this other guy first here let's take a look at getting rid of all these people back here so this is another common thing that you might want to do especially in any kind of sports photography or especially for shooting some kind of a high school sports or something like that collegiate you will definitely run into times where you have full on people that you need to get rid of in your image is another instance where you might have people to get rid of in your images is divorces breakup family reunions things like that or not he needs a therapist we've got photoshopped right? Okay so just like we've been doing all day today we are going to dio are removals non destructively so the content where pactual works on empty layers yea, this feature is new c s six so if you're running see us five you'l...

l have tio duplicate your image layer to use the paschall and it does not yet have a continent where mode but that came along and c s six so let's go ahead and create a new anti layer by pressing shift command in for any layer shift control in and we're going to call this one oh gosh people on the lift because what we've got for three people to get rid of now could we use the spot healing tool we could try probably would only be successful with this guy right here why? Because he's got a good amount of background around him and photo shop would probably do a decent job with the spot hailing brush probably would be able to delete this one person right here using the edit phil command but when you get over here this is a large area largish area that we need to get rid of so we're going to split it up into two pieces we're going to get rid of this guy that we're gonna get rid of this guy and then we're going to get rid of this lady looks like she is sitting on a stadium situation or bent seating so let's take a look at using the patch tool the patch you'll like the healing brush and the clone stamp tool does let you tell father shot where to sample from so that is a nice thing. So if I zoom out on this image you can see that why I've got another great little swath of fence area there that would be just perfect for fixing this area, so if that's the case if you can spot another area in your image that would be perfect to use as the source than the passion full is what you want to reach for you could try with the healing brush but the passion is going to be a little bit better for this particular type of thing so we've already got our empty layer so let's go grab the patch tool gotta live within the healing tool set so this is it right here you can access it by pressing and holding the shift key and tapping the j k j key on your keyboard and when you see that little patty looking I can come up that is the tool in the options bar we need toe a couple of different things here from the patch mode menu, which again you will only see and see a six and higher. We're going to choose content aware as soon as you choose content aware then all the settings change and you get the option to sample all layers which is what what's going to make it work on the empty layer. So go ahead and turn that on. To be honest with you, since I started using six I leave these settings alone on the passion I leave it in content where most and I leave sample all ayers turned on the only thing that I adjust when he's in the patch tool is this adaptation many right here and you can think of this menu as, oh a picking this level ok, so if we click that mean, you were going to see that we've got options ranging from very strict, very loose well, with very loose there's a whole lot of blending going on when it does the fix loose, little less lending medium, medium blending strict, not so much blending very straight, very little blending okay, what a lot of folks don't realize is that this menu doesn't do you in good before you make the patch before you actually use the tool because you have no idea which one of these is going to work better than the other one. So what you do is you say this menu to the very last right after you preferring the pad and then you just try to the mini and see which one looks better so that's, what we're going to do ok, so we're on our empty layer that are paschall active now let's, come over here and let's freehand draw selection around the item we want to get rid of, okay, so lis skewed this over a little bit. I'm positioning my document where I can see the area that I'm goingto sample from as well, so let's come over here to our do that we want to get rid of, and we're just going to draw a free hand selection slightly larger than the thing we want to get rid of. Just to encompass a little bit of background pixels, if you will when you release your mouth, spend for the shot gives you this election. Now we're going to click and drag from inside that selection. So watch my cursor when I'm point my cursor outside of this election, it just looks like the pastoral, but once I pointed inside the selection and you see a little arrow in that arrow is your cue, tio put a shot, what d'you know that? Hey, you can drag me around anywhere you want, so we're going to click and hold out our mouse button within that selection, and we're gonna drag it to the area we want to use for the fix and look at that nice preview that we're getting inside of that selection area. So depending upon what you've got going on here, you could choose any of these spots teo for the fix. Now, another great thing about he's in the past still in this way, is that it makes it really easy to line things up. If you look closely, you can see that fence railing, and I'm going to try as best I can to make those areas lineup, so you might want to experiment with dragging this election around to different areas to make sure that if you do have any horrors on lines. You know you've got him lined up so I'm gonna go ahead and release the mouse button here and we're going to see how good of a job that's going to do I'll go ahead and press commander control d the d select and it might move back over in zoom out to maybe about roughly the size of the photo might be used and I can determine at that point whether I think it did a good job or not ok, so let's just have another go at that actually aldous delete everything on that layers we start over so we made a new layer now we're going to grab the patch tool you're going to choose continent where from the patch mode menu and you're gonna turn on sample all layers and now we're going to come over here morning grab a it's stop stop photoshopped ok, here we go pactual sample all heirs were on an empty layer very good now we're going to click and drag a rough selection around the thing we want to get rid of and then you're going to click inside of that selection area and you're going to drag it to the area you want photoshopped to use it suffix we could try scooting over just a little bit to the right we're going to duplicate offends poll but that might not matter or we could try scooting the sample area all the way over here and see if that does a good job so cisco and give it a shot right here maybe then I go over a little bit more if there's a tree that's changing leaf colors over there let's try you maybe that right there release your mouse button and photoshopped does the blending now before you get rid of that selection this is when you can trot through that adaptation you and unfortunately there's no keyboard shortcut that I'm aware of tow to do it but so let's just start the bottom ok so watch the area inside the selection you're going to see it change so here's very loose and it changed a little bit actually like the way this one looks better than medium so now let's choose the next one up which is loose see how it changed again come back up and choose medium and remember as you go up in this pop it many that's less and less blending photo shops trying to do we really strict about what its copying and pasting in blending so with strict I can actually see that I didn't I didn't get that fence rail perfectly horizontal and then with very strict there's even less lending so in my opinion on this photo I think loose are very loose works much better than some of the stricter methods so do wait until you've performed the patch but before you've moved your gotten rid of the selection to try through that adaptation menu and see which one of those algorithms work best for you and it will be different and again, just like all the content where tools and the brilliant person who asked the question on the internet earlier do you get different results when you use these tools? Absolutely, absolutely so you go ahead and get rid of our selection now for that particular area now let's have a go at deleting the I over here a little bit. We're going to create another new layer depending upon how close the things are together that you're deleting. So it's trade another one we can call this guy in a white shirt we've still got our patch still active set to content where sample all layers has turned on come over here and draw a ref selection around this deed. Now your questions will be, of course, are you locked into this kind of freehand drawing the selection situation with the tool itself? Absolutely not if and we'll do it here in a second. If you want to use another selection tool, make your selection first and then switch to the patch tool so you don't have tio hand draw your selections like that because depending upon what your outline around, that could be really difficult, so now we gotta get selection of our deeds and we can scoot him over and now since I removed that other guy, I've got a bigger area that I can use for my patching to get rid of the guy in the white shirt and I really love he's in a patch like this because look at the visual that we're getting before we even do it so we can really experiment with different parts for image was it going to look better if I patch from over here over here? You know you get a really good preview and of which area is going to work best for you nine times out of ten try a little better job if you try to set the patch source for sample point closer to the area of fixing, but as you can see, we can sample from anywhere in our document, so we're just going to try that will spot right there and again after you patch but before you in this election trot through the adaptation menu and see which algorithm looks best to you so for this particular one medium looks pretty good, so I'm gonna go ahead and d select now we need to get rid of this area so it's going create another new layer lady in pink or whatever you want to name it just needs to be descriptive for you or your team member that you might be passing it off to so now let's draw another rough selection around that area now let's start experimenting with wherein the image we need to take the good pixels from so we could come over here. The only problem is if I get far enough over here and I started getting into the football players pants so maybe we could try to sample from over on the left hand part of our image will go ahead and release our mouse button and again trot back into the options bar and go through all those algorithms to see which one looks best you loose looks pretty good will try medium to you they don't look much different and so there we have it. So if we use our option or ault clicking the visibility I trade to toggle everything else off we can see he's our before and here's our after now I do see a little bit of a repeating pattern right here but then how easy would that be to fix using the constand tool on another layer or maybe a touch up a couple areas with a spot hailing brush so we could do that switch to the spot hilly brush with our shift j keyboard shortcuts I went past it here we go and then you could come in here and make sure that set to sample all layers and you could come in here and just kind of pick and choose which areas tio fix and do realize that it's very important to view this image on your screen at about roughly the size that this sucker's going to print, because unless you're charging by the hour and I make it sound like you really wantto beef up your hours, I'm just kidding on that, but it would be very easy for us if resumed in very, very far like this to spend hours and hours and hours and hours perfecting that area when nobody is going to be able tell any difference from the point at which we stopped fifteen minutes into it five hours into it. So what I usually do in a situation like this is I go, I get myself kind of watch on my clock, how long I'm taking with this? And then I make sure every once in a while to zoom out at about roughly the size, that image is going to be printed, because then you can see so well, it looks fine, so don't go overboard with it. But you do want to make sure that your retentions look as realistic as you can, but it's easy to get overboard in a situation like that. So I would probably say this was good to go because something like this you can see in the newspaper and how much better does that version look? In that version and you know as a photographer before you submit images for publication like that go ahead and do all that stuff and you might even get more jobs that way if you've taken the time to really find in your images like that and you might pick up a few more gigs so let's just do that one again just for the sake of repetition s o I deleted on my layers by shift clicking to activate them impressing the delete key on the keyboard that was my favorite new feature of photo shop see us for before you had to drive the layers down in the trash can I collins bottom of the layers peel I hated that ok so let's go ahead and delete these people were going to create a new layer for each one's weaken say dude in green shirt and we're going to grab the patch tool from the healing brushed will set for the healing tool set rather by tapping shift in the letter j which is the keyboard shortcut for that set this is the patch tool right here now we're going to come out to the options bar and choose content aware from the patch mode mini and again that was new and see a six we're gonna leave adaptation alone for the moment and they were going to turn on sample all layers now we're gonna come over here and we're going to quickly draw selection around the same that we want to get rid of once we have a selection click and hold down your mouse button inside of the selection and then drag it to the area of image that you want photoshopped to use for the fix and again depending upon the image you know there's never going to be a magic spot you're just gonna have to experiment release your mouse button don't delete the selection yet or de selected rather trot up tv adaptation menu and then you're going to go through all the different algorithms and very loose looks better to me so far loose looks pretty good medium not so much and just trot through all the different ones to see which one looks the best I think loose or very loose on this one spot looks better to me and then you khun diesel it so commander control d for diesel eight or trot up to this select menu and choose d select now let's make another new layer and weaken say dude in the white shirt we've got our paschall set up appropriately again just draw a selection around the thing you want to get rid of while being careful to make this election a little bit bigger than the thing you're deleting just to catch some of that background space in there clicking hold within the selection and drag it over to the area that you want photoshopped to use really sure they'll spend coming up to the adaptation in you and trot through all the different algorithms to see which one is going to look the best and on that one I think very loose looks pretty good commander control d two d select we've got one more chick to get rid of another new layer lady in pink I couldn't shake intake draw selection around the thing we want to get rid of and then museum out just a little bit by pressing commander control minus because I'm gonna drag this selection all the way over here try a line of any horizontal lines that you may have in that area is best you can and then when you release your mouth spend photoshopped will handle the blending and then of course before you d select come back appeared to the options bar and trot through those algorithms and the adaptation menu to see which one does a good job and the best job for your particular image and then that one very strict looks pretty good and then we can de select zoom out tio evaluate the image if necessary to do any touch ups and you would add another new layer and either use the spot healing breast or maybe the cone stand tool to find him area any areas but with any with any job like this or task and photo shot you want to try to use the tool that's going to get you the farthest first no, you want the fine tuning in? The tweaking, to be as little you have to do is possible. So let's, look at that same thing on another image. That's, a little bit more difficult. Let's. Look at that on another image. Thank you.

Class Description

Ready to take your Photoshop skills to the next level? Join author of the best-selling Photoshop: Missing Manual book series, Lesa Snider, for a full-day immersion into Photoshop’s Content-Aware technology. Lesa will cover everything you need to know about Content-Aware technology, in which Photoshop intelligently analyzes your images for optimum results when resizing, removing, or moving objects around. You'll learn concrete and practical uses for all of these tools including Content-Aware Fill, Content-Aware Move, and Content-Aware Patch, plus you'll learn how to use alpha channels to get the absolute most out of resizing your images for specific output sizes with Content-Aware Scale. And when these tools don't do a perfect job? That's when the Clone Stamp tool comes in! By the end of this deep dive, you'll have mastered the art of using all these tools non-destructively for maximum flexibility when editing your images.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.1



This is a great course. I work for a clothing company retouching and post processing photos of the models. Being able to remove wrinkles from clothing and make it look natural is critical. Lesa does a great job of teaching the various methods of repairing everything from wrinkles, to color and texture. I go back to it often when I feel I'm missing something.