All-righty, so today we are gonna get up close and personal with one handy and necessary retouch tool, the healing brush. Released earlier this month, the Photoshop CC 2015.1 update came with an interesting new real-time healing brush algorithm that consists of four different brushes.
Up first is the default healing brush that came along with Photoshop CC2015 before the most recent update back in December 2015. When CC2015 was released, it came with a “live” healing brush, which means it started healing as you started brushing away your blemish. Even before you told Photoshop what area you wanted to heal completely, it started generating a preview that kept adapting as you kept on brushing.
If you had a large blemish, it would start really smudgy and then be clean once the entire area was selected. The main difference is that before this live brush, Photoshop would wait to produce the results until you brushed over an entire area.
Here’s an example:
So if you like how fast the new healing brush is, but want it to work the same way as the old healing brush in that it waits for you to completely cover the area you are working on before generating the results, you can have both options!
Why? Because it takes the new CC2015 engine in regards to how fast it is, and disables the ability for it to start showing you the results “live” as you kept on brushing. So it acts exactly like all the other healing brushes before it AND the results are instant.
This is just the healing brush as it has always worked! Basically, this turns off all the tricky new options and makes the tool work how you’ve wanted it to all along.
2015.1 Standard Healing Brush
The fourth healing brush is the one that just came with the CC 2015.1 update. It’s basically an evolution of healing brush number 1 with a feature called “diffusion.” An official explanation with some examples can be found here.
FYI – Some people prefer the behavior of the older healing