The Healing Brush and Patch tools are pretty amazing for removing wrinkles, but the problem may be that they do just that—they completely remove wrinkles. Depending on the age of the subject you’re retouching, the photo may look obviously retouched (in other words, if you’re retouching someone in their 70s and you make them look as if they’re 20 years old, it’s just going to look weird). Here’s a simple trick Kevin Ames uses for more realistic healing.
Open the photo you want to “heal.” Duplicate the Background layer in the Layers palette by pressing Command-J (PC: Control-J). You perform your “healing” on this duplicate layer.
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