Technique & Process: Task 2: Photoshop – Spot Healing brush/Patch Tool/Clone tool

18th February 2014

What were the aims of this activity?

I was taught more about Photoshop, and within that, the Patch tool, Clone tool and Spot healing brush, to grasp a further understanding of the intricasies of these tools and how to use them to my advantage within my own field of photography.

What did I get from doing this?

I already knew a lot about Photoshop and about these tools, however this helped me hone in on exactly what these tools can do and in what specific area they work best. E.g the Patch tool replaces patches but also blends in with the area around it. Great for evening out skin. The Spot healing brush, you just have to click on a blemish and it will replace the a selection with a part from around the area automatically but doesn’t always blend in very well. The Clone tool basically covers the area you desire to clone on to. You have to select which type of brush and hardness to make it blend and be believable.

Did I fulfill my aims?

I did fulfill my aims because I am able to use these tools effectively and to my advantage within my chosen area of portraiture.


Patch tool:

Screen shot 2014-02-18 at 14.20.24 Screen shot 2014-02-18 at 14.20.32 IW9B0025skincorrection

There were a few hairs on the little girls forehead that were quite distracting so I used the patch tool to replace the patches where the hair was. Also the girl on the left had one eyebrow that was uneven so I altered it slightly.

Spot healing brush:

Screen shot 2014-02-18 at 14.05.39 Screen shot 2014-02-18 at 14.06.14 Screen shot 2014-02-18 at 14.06.26

There were just a few speckles on the guys nose (and this is being really picky) that I wanted to remove using the spot healing brush, then I used the patch tool for the speckles on the side of his nose where the skin tone significantly changed.

Clone tool:


This can be used to duplicate/clone parts on the face!


I personally prefer to use the Patch and Clone tool because I have more control over what the area is being covered up with, and which parts are selected/covered. I specifically use these in my own photography for editing skin blemishes, hair in the wrong place, obstructions in the background, re-constructing areas e.g if a hair went over someone’s eye and I had to re-construct the pupil or other areas of the eye.

Please see my research folder to see more examples of my editing.

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