Applying a pattern

Now you're ready to use your pattern to take out the boat and wake.

1 Choose Select > Deselect.

2 In the toolbox, select the pattern stamp tool (14), hidden under the clone stamp tool (4).

3 In the tool options bar, change the Brush selection to a brush about 13 pixels in diameter. Leave the Mode set to Normal, Opacity at 100%, Flow at 100%, and the Aligned checked box selected.

4 Click the arrow for the Pattern option to open the pattern picker. Then select the Water pattern you created earlier, and click outside the palette to close it. The Water thumbnail now appears in the Pattern option on the tool options bar.

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To identify a pattern, let the pointer hover over the thumbnail in the pattern picker for a few seconds until a tooltip appears, showing the pattern name and information about its dimensions and mode. Or, click the arrow button in the upper right area of the pattern picker to open the palette menu, and select one of the other display options that include the names: Text Only, Small List, or Large List.

5 In the image window, drag the pattern stamp tool brush over the wake and boat to replace them with the Water pattern. Continue painting with the pattern stamp tool until you are satisfied with the results.

You'll add just one final touch to this retouching project, and then you'll be finished working on this image.

6 In the Layers palette, click to place an eye icon (-) in the CREW layer, so that the text is visible in the image window.

The new healing brush and patch features in Photoshop 7.0 go one step beyond the capabilities of the clone stamp and pattern stamp tools. Using their ability to simultaneously apply and blend pixels from area to area, they open the door to natural-looking touchups in areas that are not uniform in color or texture.

In this project, you'll touch up the stone wall, removing some graffiti and bullet holes marring its surface. Because the rock has variations in its colors, textures, and lighting, it would be challenging to successfully use the clone stamp tool to touch up the damaged areas. Fortunately, the healing brush and patch tools make this process easy.

If you want to review the "before" and "after" versions of this image, use the File Browser, as described in "Getting started" on page 194.

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