Tip

In Photoshop CS5 and newer, you may want to adjust your Spot Healing Brush so that it uses new content-aware technology available in this version. After you have selected the Spot Healing Brush, a variety of options appear in the toolbar under the menus of Photoshop. You can set the type of the brush to Content-Aware to get the best results for this tool.

Patch Tool

The Patch tool (see Figure 11.6) is my favorite retouching tool. It's great for larger blemishes or problem areas on the skin. This tool retains the lighting and texture to the skin while seamlessly blending in with surrounding skin areas.

Figure 11.5 Figure 11.6

Spot Healing Brush tool. Patch tool.

Figure 11.5 Figure 11.6

Spot Healing Brush tool. Patch tool.

Using the Patch tool, select the blemish area on the skin. From there, drag the selection to an area of skin you want to replace the original blemish with. Photoshop actually previews the skin you are selecting so you can be sure it will look right. When you let go of the selection, Photoshop replaces the original pixels with the new pixels you have selected and blends the edges so that the transition is seamless.

This tool works great for stray hairs, large scars, rough patches of skin, and any major blemish on someone's face or body. If a blemish is any more complex than just a small spot, this is my tool of choice.

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