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The Photographer’s Quick Guide to Photoshop CS6 by Rob Sylvan

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3. The Patch Tool Becomes Content-Aware

The Patch Tool has been around in Photoshop for many years, and is a very valuable tool for retouching photographs. You can use it to select an area that you want to retouch and then drag that selection to a clean target area; the Patch Tool does the work of blending the lighting, texture, and shading between the source and destination patches. It is a wonderful tool for removing blemishes, fading wrinkles, correcting sensor spots in the sky, and a host of other retouching tasks. All of that functionality is still in Photoshop CS6. What’s new is that the magic of Content-Aware Fill has been added as an optional mode for the Patch Tool, which opens up whole new worlds for the kinds of jobs you can do with ...

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