Welcome to Get to Know: Photoshop series. Today we’ll be discussing about one of the most important tool in Photoshop, Spot Healing Brush Tool.
You might have seen Photoshop doing some magic tricks like removing some object, removing blemishes, removing scars etc. All those things are basically done by Spot Healing Tool. To get perfect result, we sometimes use Healing Brush Tool and Clone Stamp Tool as well. Anyways, Healing Brush Tool and Clone Stamp Tool will be discussed in coming tutorials.
As the name says, Spot Healing Tool is a perfect healer. It really heals your image from all those distracting things. I remember a wrote an article about Removing Blemishes using Photoshop where I used Spot Healing Brush Tool as well as Healing Brush Tool years ago. You can check that tutorial out to estimate the power of this tool. In fact, this tool will surely be your best friend if you are a portrait or wedding photographer.
As usual, this tutorial will be divided into two parts. In the first part we will see how this tool works and in the second part we’ll go to the advance techniques.
Section 1: Spot Healing Brush Tool Basics
Look at the below image. Suppose in this image I want to remove the right spaceship.
For this task, lot of options are there in Photoshop to remove the unwanted spaceship. But for the sake of the tutorial, I am going with Spot Healing Brush Tool.
Now to activate Spot Healing Brush Tool, you need to either grab it form the tool panel or press Shift+J again and again until it comes.
Now all you need to do is to click on the unwanted object (spaceship here) few times until it is completely gone. You can also drag your mouse from the top of the spaceship to the bottom of the spaceship but result may not be perfect. That is why it is better not to drag the mouse and click on the object multiple times until it is completely gone.
After clicking 19 times, here’s the result. Almost perfect, isn’t it?
So I think it’s a good time to tell how Spot Healing Brush Tool works as you have just seen the final result of this brush. Whenever this brush is used, it looks at the nearby pixels and try to fill the objects with the nearby pixels. In this image, the Spot Healing Brush Tool tries to take sample from the nearby pixels, that is the clouds, and try to fill the spaceship with the nearby sampled pixels. This is why, the spaceship is just replace with the clouds.
I think we have done enough to understand the basics. Now let’s move to the section 2 where we will deal with some advance techniques.