The Healing Brush Tool Explained

The Healing Brush like the Spot-Healing Brush and the Clone Stamp Tool, can remove objects fast and with very accurate results.

But if you don't know how it works it can be quite frustrating to use.

In this tutorial you'll see exactly how it works and what to watch out for. In the video you'll see how I used it to reduce the wrinkles under a woman's eye.

Here's a look at the before-and-after results:

Let's Get Started!

Watch the video down the page a bit to see the Healing Brush in action and then try it yourself by following the steps below the video.


Here's a summary of the steps to use in Photoshop Elements:

STEP ONE- Create A New Layer In The Layers Panel.

STEP TWO- Make The Healing Brush Active.

STEP THREE- Set Your Tool Options.

STEP FOUR- Zoom In On The Area You're Editing.

Hold down Command+Spacebar on a Mac or Control+Spacebar on a PC to temporarily switch to the Zoom Tool.

Then, continue holding down the keys as you click on the area you want to edit. Each time you click it will zoom in closer.

Let go of the keys after you're zoomed into the area.

STEP FIVE- Size Your Brush.

Make your Brush a little bigger than the object you want to remove.

If you're removing something along a straight line like a wire, size your Brush so that it's a little bigger than the widest area along the line.

Press the Left Bracket Key ([) to make your Brush smaller. Press the Right Bracket Key (]) to make it larger.

STEP SIX- Sample Your Source Area.

Move your cursor over the area that has the texture that you want to copy.

Hold down the Option Key on a Mac or the Alt Key on a PC as you click once on the source to "load" it.

STEP SEVEN- Remove The Defect.

If you're removing spots, click once or twice over the spot.

If you're removing a cluster of defects or something along a line, click-and-drag over the defect.

To remove objects that are straight and continuous, (like wires) click once at one end, then shift/click at the other end to quickly go over the length of the object.

That's all there is to it. You're done!

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

Take care,

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