Photoshop Tutorials - Healing Brush Tool
Healing Brush Tool
Healing Brush tool allows you correct image defects taking into consideration the surrounding of the area you want to correct. As clone stamp tools the Healing Brush is used to copy selected areas or patterns. As distinct from Stamp tool, the Healing Brush takes into consideration the lighting, shadows, structure and patterns. As the result, the edited part of the image easily matches the rest of the image.
Healing Brush tool is used similar to the stamp tools:
1. Select the Healing Brush tool.
2. Alt+click in selected for copying area to clone it.
3. Pass over the areas that you want to correct with the mouse button pressed.
You can change the settings of this useful tool in the Options palette.
As this tool is similar to the brush, it has similar settings like Diameter, Hardness, Spacing, Angle, and Roundness.
There are various modes for the Healing Brush tool like Replace that allows to save noise, grain and texture parameters of the image. The rest of the modes are same modes as regular brushes have.
Then you can set the pattern that is used to correct the pixels: choose Sampled to use the image as the source or select Pattern to select one of the patterns from the list.
When Aligned checkbox is checked, you will be using the same sample to correct selected areas until you will select the new one.
Please do not forget that every time you release the mouse button Photoshop will perform the automatic retouch of selected areas taking into account the surrounding pixels, that is why the Healing Brush works slower then the Stamp tool.