How to Zero In with the Photoshop Elements 11 Spot Healing Brush - dummies

How to Zero In with the Photoshop Elements 11 Spot Healing Brush

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Spot Healing Brush in Photoshop Elements 11 is designed for smaller blemishes and little imperfections, with the exception of the Content Aware option. The Spot Healing Brush doesn’t require you to specify a sampling source. It automatically takes a sample from around the area to be retouched.

The good news is it’s quick and easy. The downside is that it doesn’t give you much control over the sampling source. Consequently, reserve this tool for small and simple flaws.

Follow these steps to quickly fix imperfections with the Spot Healing Brush tool:

1In the Photo Editor, in Expert mode, open your image and grab the Spot Healing Brush tool from the Tools panel.

The diamond nose earring on this lovely hip senior is no match for the power of the Spot Healing Brush.

2On the Tool Options, click the Brush Presets Picker and select a brush tip. Adjust the size as needed with the Size slider.

Try to select a brush that’s a little larger than the flawed area you want to fix.

3Select a Blend mode in the Tool Options.

You can select the Replace mode. Most likely, the Normal mode works the best.

4Select a type in the Tool Options.

Proximity Match: Samples the pixels around the edge of the selection to fix the flawed area.

Create Texture: Uses all the pixels in the selection to create a texture to fix the flaw.

Content-Aware: If you want to eliminate something larger or more substantial than a nose ring mole or freckle, this is the option to use. This option takes actual content from the image and uses it as a kind of patch for the flawed area. You can delete large objects with the content-aware option.

5Choose Sample All Layers to heal an image by using all visible layers.

If you leave this option deselected, you heal from only the active layer.

6Click, or click and drag, the area you want to fix.

For example, the Spot Healing Brush was used for the nose earring.