Using the patch tool

The patch tool combines the selection behavior of the lasso tool with the color-blending properties of the healing brush tool. With the patch tool, you can select an area that you want to use as the source (area to be fixed) or destination (area used to do the fixing). Then you drag the patch tool marquee to another part of the image. When you release the mouse button, the patch tool does its job. The marquee remains active over the mended area, ready to be dragged again, either to another area that needs patching (if the Destination option is selected) or to another sampling site (if the Source option is selected).

1 In the toolbox, select the patch tool (O), hidden under the healing brush tool

2 In the tool options bar, make sure that Source is selected.

3 Drag the patch tool cursor around a few of the bullet holes to the right of the climber, as if you were using the lasso tool, and then release the mouse.

4 Now that you've defined the area to be patched, drag the selection to an unblemished area of the rock, preferably one that is similar in color to the rock around the bullet holes but this is not absolutely necessary.

When you release the mouse, the selection marquee snaps back to its original position over the bullet holes, replacing and blending the bullet-hole pixels with pixels from the unblemished area.

5 Drag a new patch-tool selection around some of the other bullet holes and then drag to an unblemished area of the image. Continue to patch the image until all the scars are repaired to your satisfaction. (Don't overlook the holes on the left side of the image.)

6 Choose Select > Deselect.

7 Choose File > Save.

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