TOP RETOUCHING TOOLS IN ELEMENTS
Spot Healing Brush
Simply paint over problem areas with this brush and Photoshop will replace the area with content based on the surrounding pixels. It’s very effective at removing small marks and spots or annoying patches such as a distracting bright spot that was on the branch.
This will automatically fill areas for you by analysing the rest of the image. Draw a rough selection with the Lasso tool then go to Edit>Fill Selection, set ‘Use: Content-Aware’ and hit OK. You’ll find contentaware technology at work in other tools like the Spot Healing Brush.
This is a cross between the Spot Healing brush and Clone tools. As with the Clone tool, we Alt- click to sample a clean area nearby then paint to remove the problem patch. It’s the ideal tool to use if you find that the Spot Healing tool doesn’t give you the results you want.
Clone Stamp tool
The other tools here are clever, but, as with all semi-automated tools, sometimes they can go wrong. This is where the Clone tool comes in. Use it to clean up any messy patches or missing details. Alt- click to sample a clean source area, then paint to remove unwanted details.