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Re: history brush tool
The history brush tool is used to draw special effects using previous snapshots of an image.
The best way to learn about it is to play with it, look at the information on the following links an experiment with your own pictures.
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You can use the Margue tool to cut a Rectangle or Elliptical shape. This is the tool with a dashed Rectanle on your toolbox. You can right click the Rectangle to reach the dropdown menu to select the Ellipse.
You can use the Lasso and trace carefully around the shape free hand, or the Polygon Lasso to trace around the shape. With the Polygon Lasso, you can click once to place and anchor then click again to draw another anchor with a line between that and the first. Repeat until you reach back to the first anchor.
You can use the Quick Selection tool to 'brush' over an area to select it. You can change the shape and size of the brush in the options. You can also set it to add to the selected area or retract from the selected area.
Finally, there is magic wand tool. You can click an are in the picture and it will select all surrounding pixels that are within a similarity threashold. You can change this threashold in the options at the top of the canvis. You can also choose whether you are adding to the selection or retracting, as with the quick selection tool.
Try a uninstall, then a clean reinstall. Perhaps install just PS and none of the other apps. I had a problem with Bridge not starting and our IT guy removed a ton of prefs and temp files, it seemed to help, maybe it would work for PS too. Don't ask em where they are all stored though. You might go through and remove any junk you are not using anymore either. You might also try creating a new user for the computer and opening PS in that user. If it works, something is gumming up the works in your other user.
Last measure: whipe the hard drive and start clean... very last step that is.
Don't install just yet. Before you install Adobe products, there's a way to delete the applications basic preferences to set it back to like-new install.
firt up, lets try some "Tool Options" that might not be set.
Before we start, go to the Edit menu and down to Preferences and across to Displays & Cursors. In here set 'Painting Cursors' to "Brush Size" - this will show you the area your tool will affect on application.
Now, select the tool you want to use, in this case I'll use Blur tool as it's the one you stated, and up the top of the screen you'll see the tool's options that can be set. Select an appropriate brush size, (if it's too small you'll not see the effect) and also, set the "Strength" - this is the intensity or quantity of the tool that will be applied in each pass, for the hell of it, set it too 100% so you can certainly see the effect to start with, if it's too much, go Ctrl+Z to undo and change it to do again.
Good luck and please let us know how it went. Don't forget to rate.
gillesp, I tried to replicate what you were saying and I couldn't 'make' it happen. I was thinking along the lines that you had some airbrush setting on, but even that would not reduce the clone amount by much.
something you can try is to go to your brush size drop-down pallete (in the top right corner) and across to the options arrow and down there there is "Reset Brushes" - this will remove all your custom brushes and reset it to installed defaults.
Another thing, I don't know how much you know about this, so forgive me if I'm telling what you know: When you have the rubber stamp tool or paint brush or pencil tool or eraser selected, there is a drop down option of brush sizes and types in the top left corner of the window under the menus - here you can select the size of brush, but also change the characteristics of the brush, whether the edges are soft or hard and its size and intensity. If you weren't aware of this, try adjusting these settings.
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Hi.. there is no installation for brushes.. u have to load them to photoshop..for that select brush tool.. clcik on brush options pane.. at right side(beside brush size) click the black arrow.. select load brushes or replace brushes.. browse ur downloaded file..thats all.. to change dem to default brushes...simply click reset brushes..
Use a soft brush a little larger then the dust spec. The healing brush is the tool you would want to sue. You have to first select a place to sample from. Sample from a clear peice of skin that doesnt have any dust on it. Then click atop of the dust in question. Then repeat. That is the simplist way to going about this.