Learn how to easily touch up your documents in Photoshop on the iPad and fix imperfections.

With Photoshop now available on your iPad, you can select powerful tools such as Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp to retouch and remove unwanted parts from your composites.

Original image opened in Photoshop on the iPad Retouch your document and remove unwanted parts using Spot Healing and Clone Stamp tools

Retouch with Spot Healing Brush

The Spot Healing tool paints with a sampled part from your document and matches the texture, lighting, transparency, and shading of the sampled part to the part of the document being healed. The Spot Healing Brush does not require you to specify a sample spot and automatically picks samples from around the part of the document to be retouched.

To work with the Spot Healing Brush, do the following:

  1. Tap the Spot Healing Brush () icon from the toolbar.
  2. From the tool options that open, you can set the brush size, and hardness.
  3. Tap () to access more settings.
  4. In the Spot Healing Brush settings panel that opens, enable Sample all layers to use all visible layers in your document as a source to apply healing on the selected layer. Deselect Sample All Layers, to sample only from the active layer. Also, you can enable/disable Use pressure for size as required.
  5. Tap the area in your document you want to retouch, or tap and drag to smooth over imperfections in a larger area.
Spot Healing brush in Photoshop on the iPad

Retouch using Clone Stamp

The Clone Stamp () tool paints one part of your document over another part of the same document. You can also paint one part of a layer over another layer. The Clone Stamp tool is useful for duplicating objects or removing a defect in your composite. To use the Clone Stamp tool, you set a sampling source on the area you want to clone from and paint over another area. By default, your last sampling area is selected when you access the Clone Stamp.

To work with the Clone Stamp tool, do the following:

  1. Double tap the Spot Healing Brush () icon from the toolbar to reveal the hidden Clone Stamp tool.
  2. Tap  to select the Clone Stamp tool.
  3. From the tool options that open, you can change the brush radius, hardness, opacity, and set source.
  4. Tap () to access more settings.
  5. In the Clone Stamp settings panel that opens, you can select your Sample—Current, Current and below, and All layers. You can also enable/disable the Use pressure for size and Use pressure for opacity options.
Clone Stamp in Photoshop on the iPad

6. Activate the primary touch shortcut to Set source and tap over an area you want to select as the cloning source.

Use the primary touch shortcut to set the source from where you wish to clone.
Use the primary touch shortcut to set the source from where you wish to clone.

7. Release the touch shortcut after setting the source and tap over an area on which you want to apply Clone stamp. This action paints the source area over your selected area.

Use the secondary touch shortcut to apply Clone stamp to the destination area in your document.
Use the secondary touch shortcut to apply Clone stamp to the destination area in your document.

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