Oct 10, 2014

How to use the Amazing Patch Tool in Photoshop

What is it good for?

The Patch Tool is one of the best tools Photoshop has to offer.  It can save you a ton of time when trying to make some adjustments to your image.  You can use it to remove small or large areas from your photo.  You can also use it to duplicate parts of your photo.  As long you you have an area in your image to sample, using the patch tool should be very easy to do.  In today’s episode, we’ll show you how to use the amazing Patch Tool in photoshop!

How to use it

Just use the Patch Tool to select the part of your photo you want to get rid of.  After that, drag your selection over to a part of the photo you’d want to replace your original selection with.  The Patch Tool will then take the new texture and replace it with your old selection.  The awesome part about this tool is that it will take care of your edges for you.  A slight feathering almost makes it seem seamless as you replace your desired part of the photo.  Make sure your new selection is an area that’s similar to the area your are trying to patch.

You can also use the Patch Tool to duplicate areas of your photo as you’ll see in the video above.  Just change your options from Source to Destination.  Now you can select the part of your photo you’d like to duplicate and drag it to another area of your photo.

You can use the Patch Tool to get rid of a ton of distractions in your image!

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      Hi Smittymac! Thank you for the suggestion! In the mean time, we suggest watching this link!

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    Suzy Ramos

    Thank you Aaron! As always I think I know something but then learn more from you! Gosh I love your videos and never knew you could duplicate things with the patch tool. You rock!

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    Hey Aaron, I see lots pro photographers using the selective color adjustment layers to give the portraits this unique effect so that they look amazing like everything in the image fits together.

    So could you possibly make an episode about the selective color adjustment layer?

    A great Phan! 🙂

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    Thanks, I Learned something. Why wouldn’t I use the Clone Stamp tool?? I will, however use the Patch tool the next time. So glad you are not talking so fast. When you get to be my age you will know what I mean.

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    Barnia Scruggs

    Thanks, Aaron, I have never seen anyone use this patch tool before. Pretty amazing.

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    Bill Margita

    Enjoy your lessons. Could you show how to create large text that had another image inside? or outlines another image.

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    Would like to see how you would remove glare and/or reflections in eyeglasses in portraits taken in the studio using strobes using Photoshop CC. BTW, already know about having a person take off their glasses for a shot to use to “clone” out the reflections; and about having someone tilt their head and/or glasses slightly, or changing the angle of the strobes–these work-arounds don’t always work especially with some so-called non-reflective coatings on eyeglass lenses that cause a yellow glare like in the left lens in the crop of an image below.

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      Tony Photoshop

      Hi Laurie, I’m a professional graphic designer/retoucher and also a huge fan of Phlearn. I just saw your post and thought I offer my two cents if you’re interested. I have attached your picture with a correction I just did very quickly. It simply involves using the hue/saturation adjustment layer. If you like the result I will happily explain a little more thoroughly.

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    Jorge Salum

    Aaron, i would like to see an episode on how to get autumn colors in a portrait or landscape .. Thanks. Your videos are really helpful.

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    Tanya Turgeon

    I want to first of all tell the artist that put all this together…I find his work to be inspirational. Please let me thank this wonderful person.

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    Can you show what buttons you hit when you choose a new layer and make it with another layer on the side or copy the background layer. You did it at the beginning showing COMMAND + J but than you added another layer but didn’t show how you got that layer

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      Hi Val! We will try to remember that! To create a new layer we hit shift+command N.

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    I want to thank you for all you great tutorial, as an individual that still learning English and Photography at the same time, isn’t easy, but that way you explain it, you make it very easy and understandable for me, thanks

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    This is very useful tools. Thanks for the tutorial. I just found your site today and already like your episodes a lots.

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    Glena Jessee-King

    Really enjoyed the fast very good video regarding the patch tool. I was in a hurry so needed a quick demonstration. Aaron did a great job!!!

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    Matthew Doerr

    Hi. What is the benefit of the patch tool over the spot healing brush tool?

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    Hiya- what is the best way to stop the tool from blending in from the surroundings? or is it a different tool. I need to take away something that is behind my main subjects arm (someone holding a baby- but I want it to look like the baby is sitting without support…) The picture is against a white background so the skin colour always bleeds into the white… very frustrating!!! It looks perfect when it’s previewing the patch but when I let go of the mouse – it blends!! doh!!

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    Denise Terrazas

    Why do I always get the patch as transparent? How do I fix this??

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    Another vid among 15000+ showing how to “click” this tool but not how it actually WORK. Useless for me.

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    Sidharth Ahluwalia

    Can anyone tell me how this effect can be done using patch tool or content aware tool or whatever….