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Using the Healing Tool in Gimp

Using the Healing Tool in Gimp - The healing tool can be very useful. This short tutorial will show you how you can use it.

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No one likes to look spotty or unattractive in a photograph and that’s where Gimp’s healing tool comes into action. Used for removing blemishes, spots and editing other areas of skin, the healing tool is easy to use and produces great results.

Healing ToolFirst, as usual, you need to open your image and duplicate the layer. After this, go to your tool box and select the healing tool. which looks like a plaster.  From here, it’s easier if you zoom in with the zoom tool to the area you want to work on. Once you’ve zoomed in, hold the ctrl button down and left click on the area you want to use as your ‘paint’ to cover the blemishes up then click and let go or click and drag over the area you wish to improve. Be careful how you do this, you don’t want the pattern to look too repetitive and when you move on to a different area, click on a place closer to it to use as you ‘paint’ to ensure the finish is more even and the colour is the same.
Selecting healing tool in GIMP Mark removed with the healing tool

This process can take a while but changing the size of the brush can help quicken things up. Once you’re finished, zoom back out to check your results.

Take a look at our before and after shot here:
Before and after using the Healing Tool in GIMP

Image before editing in GIMP Image after editing in GIMP

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zealud 4
27 May 2013 5:47PM
healing tool!!!wtf
this is just a clone tool a healing tool is what u get in PS

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casval 4
17 Jun 2013 6:45AM
Thank you for these tutorials. Grin Very helpful.

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