Spot Healing brush

The Spot Healing brush is the easiest way to repair your photo. Just drag over the area you want to fix. Elements searches the surrounding area and blends that information into the bad spot, making it indistinguishable from the background. It usually works best on small areas, because if there's contrasting material too close to the area you're trying to fix, it can unintentionally get pulled into the repair.

Figure 12-3. You can do some amazing repair work with Elements if you have the patience. Top: Here's a section of a water-damaged family portrait. The grandmother's face is almost obliterated. Bottom: The same image after repairing with the Elements tools. It took a heap of cloning and healing to get even this close, but if you keep at it, you can do the kind of work that would have required professional help before Elements.

To use the Spot Healing brush: 1. In the toolbox, click the Healing brush icon (the band-aid), and choose the

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