Photoshop has offered us plural benefits since its onset. We have now been able to modify images with absolute ease magically, and it has made our photographs look splendid and colorful. The benefits of Photoshop have made it a necessary possession for all of us today. One of the useful tools in Photoshop is the Healing Brush tool. It is helpful to remove dark spots, acne, etc. on the face in the photographs. In this article, we shall look into the details of this tool.
- The first step in a proceeding before using the healing brush tool in Photoshop is the same as always. Upload the image into Photoshop. Then go to the left tool panel and click on Healing Brush Tool to activate it.
- The next step is to decide the reference area. This is done by selecting an area that resembles the area that will be healed. After deciding the reference pixel, hold down Alt/Opt key and then click on the reference area. This marks the reference pixel. The cursor then looks like as below:
- Now we create a new layer for non-destructive work/editing to the original photograph. Press Ctrl + Alt + N and rename this layer as ‘Healing brush’. Then slowly brush on the pixels that are required to be healed. This results in the automatic healing of the pixels.
- The following are the various options that are included in the Options Panel of Healing Brush Tool.
- Mode – This is originally the blend mode of the brush. The look and touch of the brush may be changed with this option. For beginners, Normal mode is the best-suited
- Source – there are two types of sources that are available in the Healing Brush Tool in Photoshop: Sample and Pattern.
The sample source is for using the reference pixels as the reference while healing the desired areas. Pattern source is for using an area for healing by creating a pattern.
- Aligned: This option is turned on to align the sample point with the cursor. Not selecting the option would result in the sample point going back to its default position whenever the mouse is lifted.
- Sample: in this option, we can select the ‘All layers’ feature. By doing this, we can set a reference point by considering all the layers created.
- Ignore Adjustment layer: This option is available for use when we do not want to consider the adjustment layers while healing the photograph.
- Pressure for size: This feature/option is mainly available for photographers who are accustomed to Graphic tablets. Turning on this feature results in automatic adjustment of the size of a brush according to the pressure of the stylus. This is only applicable in the case of pressure-sensitive tablets.
Thus, we have reached the conclusion of our understanding process of using the Healing Brush tool in Photoshop. The steps have been simplified to facilitate easier access to beginners. And with extensive practice, anyone may learn of the various tools available in Photoshop.