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Patching help - "blotchy" results using patch tool

Discussion in 'Retouching and Post Processing' started by allen_a_george, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. allen_a_george

    allen_a_george

    59
    Apr 30, 2005
    Waterloo
    I'm having problems using the patch tool to recreate a large textured surface (snow).

    I was patching onto a smooth grey gradient from the left to right edge. Each patch was fairly large and had a 3px feather. After patching my result looked extremely blotchy as below:
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    I'd appreciate any advice on why this happens and tips on how to avoid it. Also, I've noticed that I can't patch or use the healing brush close to the edge of the hill because it pulls in the black. How can I recreate texture there?
     
  2. the_traveler

    the_traveler

    Mar 22, 2007
    en route
    http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photoshop-CS2-Photographers-Professional/dp/0240519841/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/103-6685986-7601418?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1175127750&sr=8-2

    This book is a great reference tool for CS2. Although I can't speak from personal experience, he relates having to try many times to patch a large section and then using the healing brush to eliminate some banding.
    He does say that, when working close to a dark edge, make a selection and work within that, perhaps on a separate layer.
     
  3. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I am not to good with the patch tool. It can be quite good
    Just search google for ps patch tool tutorial
    Or go over to dpreview retouching forum and they will fix ya right up
     
  4. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
  5. allen_a_george

    allen_a_george

    59
    Apr 30, 2005
    Waterloo
    Thanks guys - I'll take a look at all of this tomorrow!
     
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