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    What is the main difference between spot healing brush tool and clone stamp tool? Which should be used for retouching any face in Photoshop?

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    Re: What is the difference?

    Spot healing blends the detail using the surrounding area.

    Clone stamp tool directly transfers sampled area.

    Regular stamp and heal tools are something I use most often.

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    • #3
      Re: What is the difference?

      Spot healing brush is good for just that: spots. Trying to use it for larger areas runs the risk of muddying up your texture.

      Regular healing brush clones texture. In theory it applies the highlight/shadow relationships from the source while keeping the tone and saturation of the target. Sort of. It's not great up against edges between sharp differences in color or value. Lots of pixel bleed, though the latest CC version appears to have corrected this.

      Cloning moves everything from source to target, for good or ill. Usually I'll do rough work with the clone stamp, then refine the inevitable blotches with the healing brush.

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      • #4
        Re: What is the difference?

        Spot healing will take the sampling automatically from the surroundings and merge it in to the destination.

        Clone stamp replaces the destination with the source sample, the amount of replacement can be controlled by adjusting the flow and opacity.

        We would suggest using healing brush tool on face retouching, because healing brush tool blends the source and the destination area to produce a merged result without have any visible difference on the affected area.

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        • #5
          Re: What is the difference?

          Originally posted by skoobey View Post
          Spot healing blends the detail using the surrounding area.

          Clone stamp tool directly transfers sampled area.

          Regular stamp and heal tools are something I use most often.
          Oh got it, thank you. I am using mostly clone stamp tool for retouching task, so was wondering which tool should be used when!

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          • #6
            Re: What is the difference?

            Originally posted by Leon William View Post
            Spot healing will take the sampling automatically from the surroundings and merge it in to the destination.

            Clone stamp replaces the destination with the source sample, the amount of replacement can be controlled by adjusting the flow and opacity.

            We would suggest using healing brush tool on face retouching, because healing brush tool blends the source and the destination area to produce a merged result without have any visible difference on the affected area.
            Thank you so much for the detailed info here. I was using clone stamp so thinking of using other tools also for touching up the face.

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