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The Old Healing Brush Is Back In Photoshop CC 2015.5

The Old Healing Brush Is Back In Photoshop CC 2015.5

Note for smart people: When you update, be sure to keep older copies of Photoshop on your system in case bugs arise. Here's how. 

Like a kid on Christmas waiting for Santa to drop me gifts and stop stealing my damn cookies, news dropped this morning of a new update to Photoshop (on Creative Cloud). In this update, among other features, is the option to bring back the old healing brush! 

Named Photoshop 2015.5 (It should have been v. 2016?), it also includes a host of other features. I'm not excited over those, but this is great. I never imagined getting so excited over reverting back to old technology! 

Wait, what's the difference? 

If you use any current version of Photoshop CC, you have what is known as the "live healing brush". Basically, whenever you source a particular area on an image and start brushing to remove it, it will start removing it as you brush. You know this because as you brush, you will see that area being fixed. Continue on as you keep swirling across the area and you will also see it update as more of the image is brushed over. It's healing live!

The upside was that this was very fast (instant actually), and you did not have to wait. The downside was it wasn't very accurate for those of us who use the healing brush for intensive applications like skin retouching. It failed in really tough areas. There are people who do not like and there are people who like this live healing brush. 

There's also people who don't know the difference. 

So yeah, tell me why the old one is better again?

Basically on the old one, when you source a particular area of the image and start covering up the object you want to remove, you'll notice that it won't automatically generate the end result before letting go. It will look like the results of the clone brush as you are brushing in that it basically starts to mirror the source point. Once you let go, however, you will notice the patched area will match the destination and the thing you wanted to fix will be fixed. 

This is beneficial because the algorithm is set to understand exactly how much of the source you want sampled and how much you covered before making a calculation on what end result to give us. It ends in precise work, even though it may not be as instant if it's a large area. 

I have never even noticed a difference? Help. 

Talking to myself makes me feel like a crazy person. 

Guess what? Most people I've talked to don't even know there was a difference when they updated in the past to the live healing brush. I'm not shocked though. However, if that is the case then this update isn't a huge deal for you. For those that did notice, this is a great day. 

So I can't share in your excitement? 

No, we can finally stop talking to each other. 

Wait, what are you wearing? 

This is getting really strange. Bye. 


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