Repairing With the Patch Tool

Repairing With the Patch Tool

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use the Photoshop Patch Tool



The Patch tool is handy for repairing image flaws. First you define a selection that needs repairing. Then you drag the selection to a source area to make the repair.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open) and select the Patch tool (j key).

Step Two

To make sure there are no current selections, choose Select > Deselect (Cmd/d (PC-Ctrl/d)).

Step Three

Using the Patch tool, draw a marquee around the area to repair.

Step Four

Click inside the selection and drag the selection to define the source for the repair.

Tool Shortcuts

You can access the Healing Brush tool by pressing the j key. By holding down the Shift key and pressing j multiple times, you can cycle through the multiple tools in the Patch tool set.

Working with Edges

When using the Patch tool on an image border, it works best to sample the source area along the same edge.