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The Photoshop® Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers by Matt Kloskowski, Scott Kelby

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Removing Distracting Objects (Healing Brush)

The Healing Brush is ideal for removing spots, little rips, stains, and stuff like that because it keeps more of the original texture and the fixes look more realistic, but it isn’t as good as the Clone Stamp tool at removing larger, unwanted objects. For example, if the thing you want to remove is all by itself (it’s not overlapping or touching anything else in your photo), then it works great. If not, it “frays” the ends and looks messy. So here you’ll see how it works, why it doesn’t always work, and a great trick for making it work most of the time (with some help from the Clone Stamp tool).

Step One:

In this example, we’re going to remove the creases and cracks in this old photo, so it looks like ...

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