Adobe Photoshop: How to use the Patch Tool

The Patch Tool can help remove imperfections from an image. Whether its a painting or a photograph.

You might just want to smooth an area out the and Patch Tool can do this for you.

This is a pretty basic Photoshop 101 and it is often the first thing people learn on any Photoshop course.


Select The Patch Tool

First you need to select the Patch Tool!

You can find it in the toolbox by right clicking the icon above the ‘Brush Tool’

Patch Tool in Photoshop

Then you need to enable the Content Aware selection at the top of your screen.

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Patch Up The Area

Then you need to select the area you want to ‘Patch Up’ using your mouse.

This will identify the areas imperfection based on the content in the rest of the image. This is what Content Aware means.

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Now you can either drag the selected area over another part of the picture to replace it like this! Or you can just hit the delete key and Photoshop will automatically replace the patch. Either way, the imperfection is removed.

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And just like that, the imperfection is removed. This is a very important opening tool for learning Photoshop and is used by all sorts of users! Professional photo editors use this tool too.

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Now you have mastered this basic technque why not move onto the rest of the Photoshop Toolbox here.

About Ben Richardson

Ben is a director of Acuity Training which he has been running for over 10 years.

He is a Natural Sciences graduate from the University of Cambridge and a qualified accountant with the ICAEW.

He previously worked as a venture capitalist and banker and so had extensive experience with Excel from building financial models before moving to learn SQL, Microsoft Power BI and other technologies more recently.