Adobe Photoshop CS2 - Healing Brush and Spot Healing Brush
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two variations of the same Photoshop tool are somewhat similar
but also very different.
The Healing Brush tool
is the older brother and is in effect a smarter cousin of
the Clone Stamp tool. The Healing Brush allows you to select
an area that you would like to borrow pixels from, to fix
a scratch or blemish of some sort. Where it differs from the
Clone Stamp is that it blends the new pixels into the old
pixels to make the job of hiding that blemish easier.
Spot Healing Brush tool is brand new in Photoshop CS2 (it
first appeared in Photoshop Elements and then migrated to
Photoshop CS2) and it heals a scratch or blemish without using
a reference area by borrowing from adjoining pixels. Sounds
great but it sometimes difficult to control and often needs
to be touched up with the (old) Healing Brush.
Spot Healing Brush Tool - the tool panel contains a choice
between Type: Proximity Match and Create Texture
Healing Brush Tool - the tool panel choice changes to Source:
Sampled or Pattern
both Healing tools the Brush size is adjustable and can be
controlled by a pressure sensitive Pen such as a Wacom
Mode for both healing tools can be set to a number of variables,
Normal being appropriate in about 99% of all possible uses.
image was (very quickly) healed of a few blemishes with the
Healing Brush (compare to the image immediately above).
This image is in the process of being healed by the Spot Healing
Brush (note the thick black line which appears when using
the Spot Healing Brush)
This image has been healed
in the same places (by the spot Healing Brush) as the image
that was healed by the Healing Brush.
experience may differ but I still prefer the older healing
Brush for more complicated surfaces. The Spot Healing Brush
works very well on less textured surfaces though, like removing
dust spots in a sky.
Please do not get upset if your personal experience and views
are different from my own. These opinions are mine exclusively
and do not reflect the views or policies of any of the manufacturers
mentioned in these articles ...... George