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The Patch Tool

Blake Rudis

Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Blake Rudis

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54. The Patch Tool

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1 Bootcamp Introduction Duration:16:22
2 The Bridge Interface Duration:13:33
3 Setting up Bridge Duration:06:55
4 Overview of Bridge Duration:11:29
6 Introduction to Raw Editing Duration:11:00
8 Global Tools Part 1 Duration:16:44
9 Global Tools Part 2 Duration:20:01
10 Local Tools Duration:22:56
12 Toolbars, Menus and Windows Duration:25:07
13 Setup and Interface Duration:11:48
14 Adobe Libraries Duration:05:57
15 Saving Files Duration:07:39
16 Introduction to Cropping Duration:12:10
20 Cropping for Print Duration:07:34
22 Introduction to Layers Duration:08:42
23 Vector & Raster Layers Basics Duration:05:05
24 Adjustment Layers in Photoshop Duration:27:35
25 Organizing and Managing Layers Duration:15:35
28 Soft Light Blend Mode Duration:07:34
31 Introduction to Layer Styles Duration:11:43
34 Brush Basics Duration:09:22
35 Custom Brushes Duration:04:01
36 Brush Mask: Vignettes Duration:06:58
38 Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation Duration:07:52
39 Mask Groups Duration:05:52
40 Clipping Masks Duration:04:11
41 Masking in Adobe Camera Raw Duration:07:06
42 Practical Applications: Masks Duration:14:03
43 Introduction to Selections Duration:05:42
44 Basic Selection Tools Duration:17:41
45 The Pen Tool Duration:11:56
46 Masks from Selections Duration:04:22
47 Selecting Subjects and Masking Duration:07:11
48 Color Range Mask Duration:17:35
49 Luminosity Masks Basics Duration:12:00
50 Introduction to Cleanup Tools Duration:07:02
51 Adobe Camera Raw Duration:10:16
52 Healing and Spot Healing Brush Duration:14:56
53 The Clone Stamp Tool Duration:10:20
54 The Patch Tool Duration:06:38
55 Content Aware Move Tool Duration:04:56
56 Content Aware Fill Duration:06:46
57 Custom Cleanup Selections Duration:15:42
59 Text Basics Duration:15:57
60 Shape Basics Duration:07:00
61 Adding Text to Pictures Duration:09:46
62 Custom Water Marks Duration:14:05
63 Introduction to Smart Objects Duration:04:37
64 Smart Object Basics Duration:09:13
65 Smart Objects and Filters Duration:09:05
68 Smart Objects and Composites Duration:10:47
70 ACR and Lens Correction Duration:09:45
71 Photoshop and Lens Correction Duration:14:26
72 The Warp Tool Duration:11:16
73 Perspective Transformations Duration:20:33
76 Making Your First Action Duration:03:49
78 Adding Stops to Actions Duration:04:01
79 Conditional Actions Duration:07:36
80 Actions that Communicate Duration:25:26
81 Introduction to Filters Duration:04:38
82 ACR as a Filter Duration:09:20
83 Helpful Artistic Filters Duration:17:08
84 Helpful Practical Filters Duration:07:08
85 Sharpening with Filters Duration:07:32
86 Rendering Trees Duration:08:20
88 Introduction to Editing Video Duration:06:20
89 Timeline for Video Duration:08:15
90 Cropping Video Duration:03:34
91 Adjustment Layers and Video Duration:05:25
92 Building Lookup Tables Duration:07:00
94 ACR to Edit Video Duration:06:10
95 Animated Gifs Duration:11:39
97 Black, White, and Monochrome Duration:18:05
98 Matte and Cinematic Effects Duration:08:23
100 Gradients Duration:04:21
101 Glow and Haze Duration:10:23
103 Brightening Teeth Duration:10:25
105 Cleaning and Brightening Eyes Duration:16:58
106 Advanced Clean Up Techniques Duration:24:47
108 ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits Duration:21:27
109 Portrait Workflow Techniques Duration:18:46
111 Landscape Workflow Techniques Duration:37:36
113 Composite Workflow Techniques Duration:34:01
114 Landscape Composite Projects Duration:24:14
115 Bonus: Rothko and Workspace Duration:05:15
117 Bonus: The Mask (Extras) Duration:05:18

Lesson Info

The Patch Tool

The Patch tool is very, very intuitive. I really do enjoy the Patch tool. It's different, in that, with the Clone Stamp tool, we're trying to find an area that we want to replace, with the Patch tool, we are trying to select the area that we want to replace, and then replace it with an area that we select. So, it's a little bit backwards, all right? And the Patch tool has two different, distinct ways we can use it. We can either use it as the source or the destination. If we use it as the source, if I were to highlight this area, again, it's basically, this Patch tool is using the technology of the Lasso tool, the freeform Lasso tool, so when I make a selection around this area, that is the freeform Lasso essentially that we talk about in Selections. Now, if I go ahead and move this down to here, I'm telling it to fill in that area with gray. If I were to make a new layer here, I could also work on a new layer. So, if I were to ... Wait a second, I don't think I can work on a new layer...

here. No, I can't, yeah. So, if you're thinking that you can use this on a new layer, like I just did, you can't, because if you try to click this and move this over it's gonna say, "You cannot use this on this area "because that area is empty." So, we have to know that the Patch tool is going to be something that is relatively destructive, so that if we do want to work on this image, instead of maybe making a new layer to work on, we could just duplicate this background layer to make sure that we still have all of the data that's there, the original data below it. So, if I were gonna use the Patch tool here and just click around here and move this over to here, it's gonna take a literal selection from that area. So, this Patch tool does use diffusion as well, and, again, keep in mind that diffusion is gonna be one through three for things that are grainy, and five through seven for things that are not so grainy. For this we'll just go ahead and press Control + D and then Control + Z to go back ... Control + Alt +Z to go back in time a little bit. So, if we had this set to destination, what we're saying with destination is that the area that we are selecting we want to replace the area that we're going to put it to. So, if I have this set to destination, when I click and drag on this Patch tool and move this down here, it's actually going to make a duplicate copy of that red, instead of use the area that we want to patch it. So, we can either use the very literal area that we want to patch another area with, in this case we want to patch the rest of the image with those polka dots, so we move that around, or, if we set this to source, to get rid of those, we just do the lasso, move it around, and get rid of those areas. And, again, this is happening on it's own layer now. It's happening on a duplicate of our background layer. This tool, because it is a selection-based tool, can be used with any selection that we have. So, if you were to use something like the Marquee tool, you can marquee this, and then after you marquee it, pop down to the Patch tool, and move it up. So, you can still use something like a Marquee tool, Elliptical Marquee tool, Polygonal Lasso tool, Lasso tool, any tool that can be used to make a selection you can use with the Patch tool. And the Patch tool is pretty darn smart, though. So, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take this area right here, move it down to here, patch this area up, see what happens. Patch tool is pretty smart. Not only is it going and taking the literal selection from the area I'm telling it to, it's also healing in the process. So, notice how it went from a magenta area here, we moved it down to a blue area, and it filled in that area. So, if I grab this area here, maybe set that diffusion a little bit higher, drop this down, see how it blends it in a little bit better. But, it's smart and it's intuitive in that it's taking the colors around it and it's patching in those areas, even if there's other colors in that area, which, as we saw before with the Clone Stamp tool, it wouldn't do that. The Clone Stamp tool wouldn't do that. The Clone Stamp tool literally takes the area that we select and patches that area. So, the Clone Stamp tool is more than likely closer to what we would look at with something like the Healing Brush, and the Clone Stamp tool is kind of a mixture between ... Or, the Patch tool, is a mixture between the Clone Stamp tool and the Healing Brush or Spot Healing Brush, more than likely the Spot Healing Brush. Lot of technology that's being built into one. So, how this works on an image like this: if I were to move down here and grab, I'm working on the layer now, grab this area here, move this over to here, fill in that spot. It fills in that spot. It tries to pick the best color around it. Sometimes it's not going to be the best, it's kind of unpredictable, again because it's got healing involved in it. So, sometimes you might need to bring the diffusion up just to see if maybe bringing the diffusion up is gonna help, that might not help. Or bring the diffusion down, to get it to patch that area a little bit better. See how, when I move this up and down like this it's trying to automatically connect something for me, if I press the Command or Control key, it allows me to freeform it without it actually making any of those magnetic adjustments for me. So, diffusion sits at 1 there, actually look pretty good. And would this be a really good patch? Not necessarily, but then after I've done the bulk of the work I could go in with the Healing Brush, I could go in with the Clone Stamp tool, I could go in to whatever I want to fix that up with the Patch tool. There are some other healing tools that we have here to heal up our images. Let me go and fix that real quick just so you can see what I'm talking about. So, I'll move from the Patch tool to the Clone Stamp tool, and start working on this area here. So, after I've done the patch, I can then clean up with the Clone Stamp tool. There's a line here that doesn't belong, clean that up. And then zoom out, and that car is now gone. If we look at our before imagine, there's the before, there's the after, removed a couple of them. You can see it would take a long time. Now, this is a downloadable image with this, I highly suggest you take the challenge to remove every one. Take the time to do it, 'cause if you can do that on this image and make it look really good, the next time you need to use the Patch tool, or the Clone Stamp tool, or the Healing tool, try all of them. Try to see what's gonna work best for you on an image like this, and then any image you have from there on out you're gonna be spot-on.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
  • Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
  • Smart Objects, Transforming, Actions, Filters, and Editing Video
  • Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.


SOFTWARE USED:

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

Reviews

a Creativelive Student
 

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Robert Andrews
 

Blake Rudis is the absolute best in teaching photoshop. His knowledge and how he presents the instruction is clear and concise - there is NO ONE BETTER. Yes, his classes require some basic skills, and maybe I'd organize the order of (or group) the classes in a different order, but, let me be clear - if anyone is to be successful or famous in the Photoshop world, it should be Blake Rudis. I strongly recommend his teaching. I started photography and post processing in 2018, and because of this class, I'm know what Im doing. The energy you get when you create something beautiful is profound, it makes you bounce out of bed (at 4AM) like a 5 year old, to go create. It's a great ride! Thanks Blake, & Thanks Creative live.

Esther Gambrell
 

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!