How to properly use the healing brush tool and why it needs a hard edge

Sep 28, 2016

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website. You can follow his work oninstagram.

How to properly use the healing brush tool and why it needs a hard edge

Sep 28, 2016

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website. You can follow his work oninstagram.

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The healing brush tool in photoshop is one of more powerful tools the editing software has to offer. It is often used to clean skin, repair walls, or do any kind of work that requires repairing a texture without changing  the color and luminosity of an area. Stefan of RAW.Exchange was kind enogh to send us three tips on how to properly use the healing brush tool.

Actually, if the healing brush tool is not working for you, there is a good chance that it is because one of those three basic tips is not used.

  • Tip 1: Go back to the 2014 healing brush. Just trust us on this one.
  • Tip 2: carefully select the sampling area alignment with your brush.
  • Tip 3: always use a hard edge with the healing brush.

All those tips are explained in the video above.

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Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website. You can follow his work oninstagram.

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2 responses to “How to properly use the healing brush tool and why it needs a hard edge”

  1. suruha Avatar
    suruha

    So a hard edge is the trick! LOL I have been fairly unhappy with the results of the Healing Brush because it leaves the area blurry. I thought, soft edge = blend better. It does everywhere else in Photoshop! LOL Thank you, kindly!
    Su

  2. Joseph Parry Avatar
    Joseph Parry

    From experience I’ve been finding that you have to match the edge to the focus of the shot. A hard edge on an out of focus area doesn’t work correctly.