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Alteration Tools


Healing Brush Tool Healing Brush Tool

Corrects small blemishes in scanned photos.

Select the tool, hold down the ALT key and left-click on the base color you need to heal. Then left-click over the blemish.


Brush Tool Brush Tool

Draws brush strokes of different thicknesses and colors.

Select the tool. Then click on the selected area, drag to draw lines. Use the Options bar to change the Brush, Mode, Opacity and Flow.


Clone Stamp Tool Clone Stamp Tool

Takes a sample of an image and applies over another image, or a part of the same image.

Select the tool. Hold down the ALT key and left-click on a certain point of the document where you want to start your copy point. Then, put your mouse over whatever part of the new document you want the picture to go to. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse across the page to copy the picture.


Art History Brush Tool Art History Brush Tool

Paints over an image using the source data from a speciied history state or snapshot.

Select the tool, specify the Brush, Blending Mode, Opacity, Style, Area and Tolerance.


Eraser Tool Eraser Tool

Removes part of an existing path or stroke. You can use the Erase tool on paths. Text can only be erased when rasterized.

Select the tool, click on the part of the image you wish to erase. Drag to erase pixels.


Gradient Tool Gradient Tool

The Gradient tool creates a gradual blend between multiple colors. You can choose from preset gradient fills or create your own.

  1. To fill part of the image, select the desired area. Otherwise, the gradient fill is applied to the entire active layer.

  2. Select the Gradient tool . (If the tool isn’t visible, hold down the Paint Bucket tool.)

  3. In the options bar, choose a fill from the wide gradient sample:

    • Click the triangle next to the sample to pick a preset gradient fill.
    • Click inside the sample to view the Gradient Editor. Select a preset gradient fill, or create a new gradient fill.
  4. Select an option to determine how the starting point (where the mouse is pressed) and ending point (where the mouse is released) affect gradient appearance.


Blur Tool Blur Tool

Blurs the sharp edges of an image.

Select an area where you wish to apply the tool. Click the tool button and choose the Brush, Mode, and Strength. Drag the brush along the edges.


Dodge Tool Dodge Tool

The Dodge tool and the Burn tool lighten or darken areas of the image. These tools are based on a traditional darkroom technique for regulating exposure on specific areas of a print. Photographers hold back light to lighten an area on the print (dodging) or increase the exposure to darken areas on a print (burning). The more you paint over an area with the Dodge or Burn tool, the lighter or darker it becomes.