How To 

How To Use Photoshop’s Patch Tool To Remove And Duplicate Objects In An Image

The “Patch” tool takes the logic of the “Spot Healing Brush” tool but allots more control to the Photoshop user in terms of deciding where to sample. Because of this, it also works quite well as tool to duplicate elements within an image. In this tutorial we’ll illustrate how to use the tool to achieve both effects.

1. Open the Patch tool and set it to “Source”.
The Patch tool is in the same tool family as the Healing Brushes, Red-Eye, and Content-Aware Move tools. If it isn’t visible, simply right click the icon underneath the Eyedropper in the toolbar to select it. Next, make sure the Patch setting on the option bar is set to “Normal” and then click the “Source” button.

2. Draw a selection around an object you want to remove.
We’ll begin this demonstration by “erasing” the white cows in the image. To start this process, we’ll create a circular selection area around the object. Make sure to keep the selection pattern simple and to include a fair bit of the surrounding area to make the patch more naturalistic.

3. Drag the selection to an “empty” area to replace the object.
You’ll want to drag this to an area that matches the details behind the original object. Since our Diffusion is set to a middleground “5” setting, the patch will combine the new selected area with some of the color values of the original selection.

4. Change the patch mode to “Destination” and draw a selection around an object you want to duplicate.
Going back to the option bar, we’ll change the Patch tool’s mode to the “Destination” setting to begin the duplication process. We’ll then select a cow to duplicate and draw a selection area around it in a similar way to how we drew the “Source” selections.

5. Drag the selection to a new area of the image to duplicate it.
Once we release this selection, you’ll notice the color values of the object will change slightly to match the surrounding area. This is also nice consequence of our “Diffuse” setting.