Patch Tool

The Patch tool uses similar technology as the Healing Brush, but Patch is better suited to fix larger problems or empty areas. You can repair an area using pixels from another region or a pattern. To get the best results, select a smaller area.

Using a Selection

Step 1. Open the file Ch10_Patch_Tool.psd from the DVD-ROM. Select the Patch tool by pressing Q. (It's in the same well as the Healing Brush.)

Step 2. The Patch tool can be used two different ways. You can make a selection in the area you want to repair, and then select Source in the Options bar. Or you can make a selection in the area from which you want to sample, and then select Destination in the Options bar. You can also make a selection first, and then activate the Patch tool.

Step 3. Modify a selection with the standard modifier keys.

• Hold down the ^S key, and you can add to the selection.

• Hold down the key (^Q key), and you can subtract from the selection.

• To create an intersected selection, ^9+^^+drag (A+^©+drag) to make a new selection.

Step 4. Place the cursor inside the selection, and then do one of the following:

• If Source is selected in the Options bar, drag the selection border to the area you want to sample. When you release the mouse button, the original area will be patched with the sampled pixels.

• You can use any selection tool to create your active selection and then switch to the Patch tool.

• If Destination is selected in the Options bar, drag the selection border to the area you want to patch. When you release the mouse button, the sampled area will be patched over the new area.

• With both options, you will get a useful real-time preview of the results. This makes it significantly easier to drag and get the expected results.

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