Advanced Tricks for Healing Brush for Retouching in Photoshop
Hi there. This video is all about going through some healing brush. More advanced tips and tricks, you probably already know how to use it. I'm just going to show you what I do to make it go fast and to give you some better results. Let's jump in. All right, to get started. Let's open up healing one. Thank you, Bruce Dixon. So before we get started we're gonna use the healing brush, The more advanced tool. But I just want to remind you that the spot healing brush, which is this one here. Okay, the automatic one. If you haven't used it for a while, it has got so much better, especially with the introduction of content aware and when I'm doing professional retouching, it is like 70% of the work. It's just too easy. A couple of tricks to get good use of it. Okay, Is to make sure you're working on a separate layer, we're gonna call this one retouch, make sure sample or layers on. Otherwise it won't work because it's going to reach through to this bottom layer, but everything's going to end...
up on this layer that we can turn off afterwards. So pick a brush size and hardness and just click once. It is just pretty amazing you want to get too close to the edges. Okay, so bulk of the work gets done with this tool tips for using this tool. Okay, so say we've got a chunky, we want to get rid of this long here. We can probably just paint it out, but I guess I just really want to show you my trick. Okay you click once hold shift and click again and it joins the two lines. Okay so if you've got like a long seem that you need to fix up, you can click ones hold shift and click again and it just joins the two up. And because we used its own layer you can start to see everything's on its own retouch layer and what will end up happening is you'll end up going too far and you need to kind of dial it back. So with this layer selected and your move tool selected. So I'm at an opacity of 100% and just take five on my keyboard and said 50. So it's just a lot easier. I'm not even looking at this or dragging, I'm just looking at my image super close and just kind of tapping tap fast. Like I tapped 33, I get 33 I'm going to go to 80. So it's they're still there, they're just heavily reduced, even a little bit less, 70 more realism. Let's say the spot healing brush isn't working for you in your instance. I'm gonna turn that layer off and create a new one. Okay this is going to be my retouch too. We're going to use the healing brush by itself now and show you how to use this because we didn't cover it in the essentials so what we're going to do is click and hold down the spot healing brush, grab the healing brush. It works the same way except I get to be in a lot more control. Okay so the spot healing brush just goes and finds pixels and I'm just gonna guess what you can do is you can hold down the option key on a Mac or the old key on a Pc and click a target. Okay, just say I want to use this bit of skin. Please don't just pick anything. Pick this bit from all the way over here. So that's option on a Mac on a pc and you click once and then let go. And this is totally not gonna work because I haven't done this one that says current layer. I want to sample all the layers please. So set the target again and now click and drag and watch what I'm dragging. It's a little hard to see. I'll get the editor to zoom in. You can see the target clicking and dragging and moving around. Okay, so you can kind of see where it's pulling from. Justice is a good job gives you a bit more control. You click drag, let go gets fancier. If you open up the window and go to the one that says clone source, it works for both the clone tool stamp which we'll do in the next video and this healing brush and you can have more than one source. So at the moment is just using this it's pulling from this particular document. Right click there. That's where it is. What you can do is you can set up a group at least five different points you want to pull from. Okay, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to say I want I want some kind of really light texture over here. So this first one is going to be my lightest option. This next option here, it could be from a completely different document. Just have it open and steal from that. It'll load into the clone source. But I want to kind of a medium kind of texture that one there finally use this only when there's like a really high I so there's a real grain in the image. And you need to kind of match the grain in this case we're matching kind of skin texture. But you get the idea. So I said a medium point here. Darker, darker, darker. And he is going to be kind of where to find something that's the darkest part of the skin probably across here. So now when I'm working I can come down here and say actually this piece here is probably going to work with that first one I took. Then there is something else. This one here is a bit lighter. So I'm gonna go to this lighter option over here is my medium a little bit darker than medium. Okay. And I'm not really taking the darkness of it because the healing brush will match the colors. But the texture that appears in these kind of darker areas. Okay, just end up being a different kind of grain than the stuff that are in the light areas. Again, you might decide on skin texture. You might have. Number one is stuff from this kind of clear patch on the forehead. You might decide Number one here is the texture from the skin from the forehead and number two is the kind of poorest one here from the nose. There's a little bit of like tiny hairs that are there. So that's just taking that a little bit further. And if I'm honest, even when I'm doing even I was doing like full time retouching. I didn't use these points very often. There's a lot of this. I'll show you a bit more of the workflow that I did, but I want to show you that feature because some people do really like it. So let's say we're working in nice and close. Space bar is obviously a really useful one. Another really helpful once I'm in real tight and I need to get a new sample point from the other side of the face. So space bar, click and drag and I can find it other side of the face is probably not that hard chin. I'm going to go down to the chin and there it is. Okay, so it's not particularly hard here. But let's say I want to go to somewhere. I'm not too sure yet. So I want to go up to the forehead instead of clicking and dragging and dragging. Just hold down the H. Key, click and hold down the H. Key on your keyboard. Then click and hold down the mouse key and you can go over here, let's go. You can hold the HP. Move down, start working on the arm. So it means I've always got my healing brush selected and the apes just moved to the hand tool temporarily. It's like they never get a window that used to be up here. Another handy trick is I find I like to kind of move the object around, especially I'm working on say the edges here. Okay, you can use this tool here. Okay, it's the rotate tool or there's the hand tool there. What I do is on the healing brush. Just hold down the R. Key and just drag it around and decide I'm going to be working here kate, I'm just gonna kind of move along with the edge I find, especially with my wacom tablet, my range of movement is a lot better when I have this thing rotated to an angle that kind of suits my kind of risk movements escape to get rid of it if you tap the R. Key, it just moves to it. You got to go back to the healing brush if you click and hold the arche, it's kind of like just temporarily doing it. Same with the H key, same sort of principle. The one last thing I'll show you is this aligned on and off. There's times where it's great on and times where it's not so great. So let's say that I am Escaping to get back out of here. 100 show you what does. Let's zoom in. So with it aligned, what's going to happen is if I set my point here and I start I like this but I start dragging across. Can you see the little target? Okay if I let go because I got close to the edge and then I come back again and start drawing again. Can you see it goes back to where it started? Okay, so it's kind of aligned perfectly from wherever this is. It doesn't really matter. Can you see it keeps following it? It's exactly kind of like 200 pixels across and 200 pixels down. Doeses't matter where you are. I end up over here. Can you see it's grabbing bits of the chin there totally recognizes. Let's go and do. Whereas let's say we've only got like one patch of nice skin. The rest of it needs a lot of work. You can set it there and it doesn't matter where you are. I can click over here now and can you see it's still pulling from that original image so it's not aligned anymore. Okay. So if you've got one and you're kind of building it out, doesn't have to be skin, say it's some brickwork or grass, you've just got a nice patch and just want to keep going back to that. The only trouble with it is that you're going to have repetition potentially. Alright, so that's gonna be it for the healing brush. Let's move on next to the clone tool stamp. Don't think about skipping that one. The healing brush, yes, took a lot of the work from the clone tool stamp. But there are some cool tricks which I'll show you that make it useful to go into your toolkit. I'll see you there.