Using the healing brush on a duplicate layer

For this project, you'll work on a portrait photograph. To review the "before" and "after" sample file, click the File Browser tab in the palette well and examine the 07C_Start.psd and the 07C_End.psd files.

1 When you are ready to start working, double-click the thumbnail of the 07C_Start.psd file in the File Browser to open the file, and then click the File Browser tab to dock it in the palette well. Or, choose File > Open and select the 07C_Start.psd file in the Lessons/Lesson07 folder.

2 In the Layers palette, drag the Background layer onto the New Layer button (j) at the bottom of the palette to create a duplicate layer. Double-click the new layer and type Retouch to rename the layer; leave the Retouch layer selected.

3 In the toolbox, select the healing brush tool which may be hidden under the patch tool «?).

4 In the tool options bar, open the pop-up Brush palette and set the brush diameter at 12 pixels. Close the palette and select the Aligned check box. Leave the other settings at the defaults (Normal selected as the Mode option and Sampled selected for Source).

Notice the two wrinkles running horizontally across the man's forehead.

5 Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click a smooth area of the forehead, on the left side of the image to set the sample point. Then drag the healing brush tool over the lower of the two forehead wrinkles.

As you drag, the image looks as if you must be doing something terribly wrong because the painted pixels appear much, much darker than the man's natural skin tones. However, when you release the mouse button, the colors self-correct so that the wrinkle is covered and the skin looks quite natural.

6 Continue painting with the healing brush tool to remove the upper forehead wrinkle and the furrow line between the eyebrows.

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