Photoshop Tip: The Patch Tool is Your Best Friend

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Shooting on a fabric background?

There are many things you can do to get smooth backgrounds before you even click your shutter. Take the time! Go get some clamps and a frame to pull the blanket tight! Or rig books on chairs to hold the blankets back. But in case you have images you like that do have wrinkles in the background, here’s a little tutorial for you!

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Using the Patch tool:

Select the patch tool from the bar on the left, or hit the J key as a shortcut. There are a number of related tools that are super helpful as well, but this is what we’ll use today.

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With the Patch tool selected, draw a circle around the area you want to get rid of.

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Click in the center and drag to another area that you’d like to replace the content with. Once you let go, it will alter the pixels, healing the edges. Most of the time it’s super subtle and you can’t even see where the patch was made.

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Choose the next spot you want to replace, and repeat!

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Once you’ve healed that spot, you may notice the edge of a patch may stand out, so just repeat on that spot like it was the original wrinkle.

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Once your wrinkle areas are looking good, look around the rest of the images to see if there are any light or dark spots that you find distracting, and fix those as well.

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Word of Warning

Watch your depth of field! Beware of replacing a patch with something closer or farther away from the plane of focus– if i were to replace the spot like in the image below, there would be a patch of sharp blanket in the middle of blurry blanket, and it would not look realistic.

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Work your way around

Continue to make patches around your image to anything that catches your eye, including on the baby. You can decide how far you want to go– some texture and dimension looks good– the background shouldn’t be all one shade of blanket. While there are many ways to edit blankets– including clone stamp tool and blanket fades, this is one tool that will take you far. Good luck editing!

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 A little before and after animation for you….

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So go play with that patch tool, and see what magic you can create with it!

I would love to have you in class with me someday to learn more skills in Photoshop, whether you’re a beginner or intermediate user. So much to learn!

If you play around with the patch tool and have something to share, we’d love to see them! Share with us on our Facebook page or leave a comment below.

You can do it!

Amber


Amber FifeLiving in the heartland of Oklahoma, Amber Fife is a mother to 3 boys, with a little girl on the way. As the owner of Fife Photography, Amber is a photographer and instructor in Norman, Oklahoma. She loves spending time with her family and watching her husband make their house beautiful with landscaping and interior design.

 

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Amber Fife

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WITH 13 YEARS OF SHOOTING, 8 YEARS OF RUNNING A BUSINESS AND OVER 600 STUDENTS TAUGHT IN PERSON, AMBER FIFE IS EXCITED TO JOIN THE FANTASTIC TEAM AT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS ELEMENT.

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