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10.1 Retouching With the Photoshop Healing Brush

In this lesson we will learn the core retouching tool: the healing brush. We’ll retouch our model to remove blemishes and stray hair. We’ll also look at how useful this tool is for removing entire objects or people from an image.

10.1 Retouching With the Photoshop Healing Brush

Welcome back everyone. In this video we're going to look at my favorite tool in Photoshop. It's called the Spot Healing Brush and it's used a lot for retouching. We're going to do a couple of cool things like this, we'll remove some graffiti off the wall, magic we're going to remove some blemishes of this man, see his face, before, after, we're even going to go as far as removing people completely. Look what do you mean? There he is, look, there was a person there, and now it's gone. Cool. Let's go learn how to use this fancy tool in Photoshop right now. All right, so let's open up how Exercise Files, file open, and there's going to be three that we're working with, 18 A, B, and C. So we'll start with this one here. Now we're going to retouch out some of this blemishes and things now. I've worked as a retoucher for a long time and I dont really like what we do. I love the technology though. So let's look at the technology. Not so much the faking life stuff. So what we're going to do, we're going to use this thing called the healing brush. Okay, so the Spot Healing Brush is the top option so click and hold down, we want this one here. Okay, and tons of brush size that will depend on your image, and this particular one, I'm using about, I'm guessing about the 50. Okay, so you can drop this down. I use my brackets there, remember, familiar? Okay, so brackets are really good for changing brush sizes, doesn't matter if it's the healing brush or just the regular brush tool. So I'll go my size at 15 and crank your hotness down to 0. So just drag it down to 0, just gives a nice, even hitch. So when you're using it, there's a good way in a bad way, the bad way is just working straight on it. And I want to show you that first because it is pretty magic. Watch this. If I just click hold my mouse kind of painted out. I'm just dragging left and right, let go. Magic I'm gonna go to Edit Undo. Undo, undo, undo, undo, it just magics away things. I can't believe how cool and amazing it is, well done Photoshop. But now you know when people say that person is being photoshopped, man, it's hard to tell, if you're a good retoucher, it's hard to tell. So, one of the problems with that is that's called destructive editing. Like I can't go back now, what ends up happening is what I'm going to paint out another one. And if you just click once on some of these can depending how big you might have to adjust your brush size, but eventually, you'll end up with this person that looks like quite fake, they'll look like a photoshopped, kind of a plastic weed skin. So what you do is, I'm going to go, there's an option under here called File Revert. That just gives it back to when I first opened the document or at least last saved, okay? So go all the way to the beginning. So the more pro way of using that tool is to create a new layer down here. It's a blank layer, nothing on it. I'm gonna call it my retouch layer, and all I need to do is the same tool, but I need to do this one here that says sample all layers. So instead of like, only just gonna look through to this layer underneath, okay? And make sure it feels as not it safe to content the way it should be by default it should be set to normal, just copy what I've got. So now when I do it, same thing happens, watch I can kind of paint over these things, paint over, paint over. And you can work your way around, brush sizes remember is square brackets next to open and close. Okay, you can go through and you can start working it, but after a while It starts looking a bit fake. Okay, I'm just so good, that it's not looking fake. Okay, let's have a look now. Now, that person is, yeah, let's say it's starting to look a little fake or plasticky. Okay, what you can do is this layer, it's on its own layer, which is the perfect, but it's what they call nondestructive. Okay cuz the background is fine. So what I can do is turn on and off, on and off. It's really good for just seeing your work. Okay? Okay, so your handiwork. And the other thing you can do is if it is starting to look a bit fake because you've just been at it for a long time, often with this retouch layer selected, just drag the opacity down a little bit. And what that does is it lets some of the background, it just makes us a little see through, so you can start to see what's happening right down, right up or down. You can just kind of find your balance of real life, kind of like maybe muting the the marks and blemishes rather than turning them off, because the problem with a lot of like. I had a friend in this casting for models and the problem is their headshots and she'll get people in and like, hey, you don't look like that person at all really, you know? Because of all the retouching, so sometimes, it needs to be a kind of a balance, I guess, softening some of the features or the wrinkles or the acne. Whatever it is, that's the technique, make sure it's on its own layer, make sure sample or lasers in there. So let's get away from retouching people and let's look at one of the cool practical uses of say something like this. Now we've got our brick wall here and it's got so many needs more love. Okay, and we want to remove it. Let's say it's just bad graffiti. That's good graffiti. We all need more love. So same technique here. We're going to make a new layer. So we're going to use our spot healing brush and now we're gonna find an appropriate brush size. I'm gonna zoom in a little bit, okay? And my 50 from last time is probably gonna work. Now when you're doing this, you need to need to click hold your mouse key down and paint. I'm holding down the mouse key the whole time and just give it a good work, okay? And now let go, and [LAUGH] Partially worked, okay? So I'm gonna paint him out as well, and we're getting there. Now, this wall's gonna be pretty forgiving because of the brickwork, it's so damaged. If this was a really even brick wall, this technique is going to be average at best. It's really good with nature, okay? So some of the things down here, say you wanna remove this glass bottle, whatever it is, okay, it's really good. It's really hard to tell where it was. Okay? If you do find it not working for you, you can go to Edit undo and just try again. Often just the act of trying again will give you a different result. Okay, so you can keep working your way around, okay? When you're practicing, keep working your way around, you'll get the sense of kind of how it works. You can see I lost that bit, but it depends I guess, it's pretty amazing though, right? If you had to go ahead, if you're old school Photoshopper, and you'll be like clone tool stamp, forget the Clone tool stamp, wow, that was a good move. Okay? So, you can kind of work these out. Let's look at this last option here. And it's really really good for that's kind of like natural textures. Okay, so I'm zooming it a little bit. My brush size, I'm going to make it a bit bigger. You can see I can click on this actually backed in. New layer, make sure a sample of layers. I'm just going to paint some of this stuff out. You can see pretty magic? I can't believe how good this tool is. And it works amazingly, because of this rough texture. If it was perfectly like some sort of checkerboard, it wouldn't work because there's too many repeating patterns. Now, where it doesn't work, and sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. I grabbed this example, assuming that I couldn't mask out this person like, no way, it'll do badly. Then I went and made a big paintbrush and I painted her out. And then something. Photoshop did some magic. I have to wait a little while because it's doing its best, but then she just disappeared. I was like, not a good example. But there will be times where it just doesn't work. You'll try and do it and it will try its best but it'll look like there's some sort of weird distortion going on in the world. And know that it does work really well, it's a great kind of starting point at least if it doesn't work perfectly you can try and touch it up either ways. But like I teach this all the time and I'm so impressed, like these are new examples and I'm just like man, how good is that tool? All right, so that's going to be it. Remember, it's on it's own layer, so we can, no instruction, we can go back later on. But yeah, that is going to be the end for the spot healing brush in this exercise. We're gonna look at the next tutorial where actually it's even more amazing. It's called content aware. So we'll do that next in the next video.

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