How to use the Patch Tool for Retouching in Photoshop
Hi there. Welcome to the patch tool video. What does it do? It's really good at duplicating people, but that's not its main use is really good for getting rid of large objects all in one go. It gets used quite a lot in retouching for removing things like bags under eyes. But there's just a lot of surface area to change. And my favorite use shiny dan, not so shiny, dan, shiny, shiny, shiny. It's great when you are stressed because you don't like getting photographed and there's people watching that you don't know, stressed an calm down, stress down, calm down. All right. I'm going to stop talking about myself in the third person and let's get into the patch tool. All right from your exercise files. Open up patch tool 12 and three. We're going to start with number one. So the skinny version is patch tool just removes things. It's like the spot healing brush with the clone tool stamp, but it has its own purpose. Let's say I'm using the spot healing brush and in another tutorial in the ess...
entials course, we just kind of painted people out that worked most of the time. But let's say this one here because this person crosses background here. We're just letting Photoshop guests. Right? And it's done a pretty good job. There's some messing down here, undo it and do it again though. It's kind of one of those tools where you've just got to cross your fingers and sometimes it's great and then sometimes really bad. So I'm gonna go back again. So the patch tool is hidden underneath the rest of these spot healing brush is and it's more about think of the patch to his intentionality. Like I I'm going to draw a box around the outside of him. I say box a squiggly line, click and drag around the outside. The good thing about it is make sure you set the source and then just click hold and drag and can you see what I'm doing here? I'm intentionally saying I want you to kind of use this area here, then let go. It is a very similar job but I give it some kind of boundaries. So I'm going to deselect there's a little bit of work there that I might go into with the spot healing brush. But to be honest, if I showed you this image beforehand, I bet you wouldn't notice. Sometimes I get a bit too hung up on doing details that like, is that a detail? No, that's just part of the original image. So I'm going to ignore it. Now. The one thing and what we've done in the previous tutorials is we all went okay, New layer and make sure it's selecting all the way up. Doesn't work. Okay, so you actually have to be on your original layer. So you should do a backup first, which I haven't done the quick way to do. It is either click and drag this down or just hold. Command J or control J on a Pc. And it's just whatever lay you've got selected or groups of layers that makes it duplicate already wrecked the bottom layer. So let's just carry on. The other thing to know about the patch towards this thing here. You're going to drag it around and I'm not very good with it. Okay this is a rectangle. I wish I could just use my rectangle tool and then switch to the patch tool and pull from there. Please come on. So you can use the last three tour all the quick selection tool, whatever you want. You don't have to use this kind of built in selection tool. The other thing to do with the patch tool, there's a few things we're going to learn about it. The other thing to know about it though is if I go to file revert fire reverts. Just a handy one. Nothing to do with the patch tool. Just get you back to when the document was last saved. Instead of going undo for a million times let's say it's got a kind of another use. So I've got my patch tool here. I'm gonna do the same thing squiggly line. Oh jeez okay that's not bad. Most of the time you want to use it to source this one here, you can use destination. So we're doing a different thing. Now we're saying instead of you kind of removing, I'm gonna drag him along here and watch this, there's a new guy I use that never but but it's there, we're getting advanced and you might have a really good use for it. Let's go to patch tool to. So in terms of retouching often it's the spot healing brush, a little bit of clone tool stamp, where with the patch tool, there's kind of two places it gets used and it's anything that's like a large part that needs to get updated. Okay. So we're actually gonna command j this one this time. Even going to call it retouch and I grabbed my lasso tool and I'm just gonna grab everything kind of underneath here instead of destination. Make sure it's on source, click hold and drag it to a nice bit of skin. Let go. I'm going to deselect you can see that. It's just nice for doing larger chunks if you've ever watched any Youtube channel on patch tool basically. This is the one thing that gets used for to add a little bit of extra awesomeness to it. I'm going to undo before I've done it. So I'm back here. I've done my selection. What I'm gonna do is a little known feature in Photoshop. It's not just a patch to wash this. I do this and it can get very fake very quickly because we do have wrinkles under our highs. Okay. So what we can do is first of all, it's what I want to show you is under edit and this one here says fade patch selection now this will say fade, whatever the last thing you did, that's really handy. It's like an undue but it's got an opacity slider. So that is I've done nothing and I can kind of find just a happy medium of like instead of it being perfect just a little bit here. The nice thing about that is if I click OK de select, I can a little bit of background through. I could do it lowering the opacity of the layer. If you're like, why don't you just do that? But that lets me do it per actual selection. So some of them you don't want it to be completely unf aided. So some of them you want to be faded more than others. So I'm gonna grab this. We're ignoring the chain store in the background and this one here I want to fade but I wanted to be not as much as the first one. The other trick here is command H And depending if you're using a Mac or PC, if you're using a Pc, it'll just work, it will remove the marching ants just temporarily on my MAC here. It's a shortcut that gets used both for Photoshop and for the Mac operating system. And it just says, hey, do you mean like hiding Photoshop or hide the extras when you want hide extras. The selection is still there. It's a command H. Toggles it back on and off and it just means when I do the fade because it's a little hard to see the edges. Okay, so if I go to fade now and I drag it back without that selection there, it just becomes a little bit handier. Find a happy medium and you can see you can kind of individually fade parts, you might find that useful. Okay, so it's great for large patches. Hence the patch tool, but I find it super useful is here's me shiny me. Okay, so the patch tool is really good at command J grab the patch tool. I'm gonna draw this around here, shiny bits of skin. It's really good for a couple of that. Give it more specific, grab this part. Good bye, shiny dan. Saying with the forehead here you I had a non shiny bit of forehead off. Let's turn that on and off. If you try and do it individually with the spot healing brush, you can get lucky for this member intentionality. The patch tool we said go here. Exactly. All right, patch tool that is you've done let's get into the next video