RT-Patch tool

NOTE: I suppose that you have Adobe Photoshop (better CS version) and you have spent some time to learn basic shortcuts and tools. All tutorials was done on CS version under Microsoft Windows XP. All tools and filters parameters are set up for a good quality images (minimum 300 dpi). Don’t work with JPG images!

VISAGISTE - such lovely word )) and such a beautiful profession! If you work with visage master, you are lucky man. If you know the visage technique by your self you are twice lucky! I only hope I will learn more about photo visage and may be some day I will post a basic tutorial about this. I don’t have visage person, but I try to learn more about visage, because studio photograph need this.

Well, there is no perfect people, we all know that all magazine stars are the product of professional visage masters and photographs, and in modern world they are the product of Photoshop ;) I tired to discuss computer usage in art photography, photoshop is my tool, same like photo camera, same like lenses, same like light and visage and I will use it to reach the good result.

Note: This tutorial is only part of skin retouch techniques I use. If you skipped previous tutorials please take a look on: Healing Brush tutorial

Below is Before/After of this tutorial. Not much, but remember, this is only start steps. So, we will learn how to work with Patch Tool to remove strong (sharp) shades and overexposes.

skin retouch patch tool tutorial

I have outline target places for this tutorial. Now please Make a layer via copy [CTRL-J]

NOTE: Never work on original layer, because it doesn’t meter how deep your photoshop history is set up, it always has endpoint.

skin retouch patch tool tutorial

Unlike Healing brush, Patch Tool gives you the ability to replace a large amount of skin in one operation.

To use Patch tool you must be sure that you have a good skin area on your photo. This skin area will be your replacement pattern. If you don’t have any “good skin” areas on photo, please follow the skin patterns tutorial, to learn how to prepare a skin pattern.

So, in this tutorial I will use skin from models forehead. Ye ye I know the skin structure is different but forget about this here.

I will start with overexposed nose. It always happens if you don’t keep an eye on model visage because nose is the first part of body which will sweat.

Using Patch Tool create selection like shown on left image. Now find a good part of skin (in this tutorial it is forehead) like shown on right image.

skin retouch patch tool tutorial

Using same tool (Patch Tool)Drag and Drop your selection from source to target skin part. Whoa la. We have replace the bad area of skin with the clean one using the clever algorithm, which is trying to stay close to target colors, contrast and lightness and leaves only the structure of source. DON’t press any keys now )) if you have, go back using history and repeat the drag and drop.

As you can see the result (below, left) is actually terrible. Now, we don’t want our model look like barby )? so, EVERY PHOTOSHOP FILTER should be used within the limits. And we will fade out the Patch tool effect by pressing [CRTL-SHIFT-F]. In the new dialog use slider to set the opacity of Patch tool to 50%.

skin retouch patch tool tutorial

Left - 100% Patch tool. Right - 50%.

NOTE: Every time you fade out the opacity of Patch Tool you will
diffuse the skin more and more! This happens because previous skin
structure mixes with the new structure and loose its pattern.

So, if you wish to stay with ideal skin structure of face, you will need to find “clean areas” of skin near the bad one to leave same skin pattern as it should be on face AND you will need to leave the opacity of Patch tool on 100%! But this is another tutorial you better forget about this now. Do I use such technique to leave skin structure natural? No. ;) (well only in one or two of my works) But you definitely should know this.

skin retouch patch tool tutorial

Eye corrections with Patch Tool 30-40%.
skin retouch patch tool tutorial

Eye and part of nose corrections with Patch Tool 40-50%.
Make the dark but IMPORTANT lines of face lighter using small opacity (fade out 20-30%). Below you can see I have make lighter nose lines and the area under the lips.

skin retouch patch tool tutorial

Nose corrections with Patch Tool 30%.
skin retouch patch tool tutorial

Nose corrections with Patch Tool 40%.
skin retouch patch tool tutorial

Under lips area corrections with Patch Tool 40%.
skin retouch patch tool tutorial

Under lips area corrections with Patch Tool 40%.
Here we are. Now you know the basic usage of Patch tool, the most useful tool of Adobe Photoshop for photograph.

And don’t forget as less transformation you do as better your photo quality will be. Want to do a really good test of your knowledge? Make a large (30×40) print of your photo and believe me this will show everything! You will need much practice to reach a good result which will look on paper same like on monitor.

38 Responses to “RT-Patch tool”

  1. Skribble Says:

    The nose looks a bit flat, otherwise, good tut.

  2. maman Says:

    this is website is very good for me and give much adventage for me.

  3. Merci Says:

    Your grammar is very hard to follow. Please reread your messages before posting. Other than that, the instruction is good.

  4. Sweedish Says:

    Great tutorial, easy to read and excellent layout. But maybe you should have removed the red in her eyes as well?

  5. willy Says:

    its the fuckin great . i’d love tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  6. Rebecccaaaaa Says:

    moi je comprends le francais. merde alors!

  7. Ganesh Says:

    Very Useful tutorial, Because this website is very useful to me

  8. ivansam Says:

    nice and cool

  9. misael Says:

    dammm dude!! thanks for thiss its really helpfull!!! peace out

  10. roge Says:

    Merci: I repent, I’ve never learned English )

    Sweedish: Thank you. This tutorial covers only skin (and this is only one part of skin retouch). Give me time and I will publish next tutorials from old site which will tell about next steps. I have just opened this site… not much photos, not much content )

  11. Callum MacLure Says:


    Your English is perfectly easy to understand (I’m assuming you are russian?). The tutorials are first class - so thank you!

    Kind regards


  12. Patrick Says:

    Very good tutorial….One of the best on skin retouching….Thanks

  13. s.elbialy Says:

    hi iam hapy to sea som thing like thise (retouch)
    Thank you

  14. garfjell, norway Says:

    Thanks! Now I really figured out how the patch tool function, ‘couse I’ve been trying to make it work, but hadn’t figured out about the opacity thingy. Rock on, Roge!!

  15. mantazas Says:

    respect !!! :-)

  16. Joe Escobar Says:

    Thanks about the tip… Your artworks are really great! Congratulations you are a great artist!

  17. Hecate Says:

    Hello! I really appriciate your tutorials, most artists are not generous enough to share their tips and tricks. I found this extremly helpfull..it makes me happy.
    Thank you!!

  18. Potheek Aami Says:


    You have a FANTASTIC site here. I love this site. EVERYTHING in here is to my liking.

    Please carry on with your great work. Your photos, tutorials etc. are awesome.

    And your English is fine too! You have better things to worry about that English right now :) English is my second language as well!

    All the best.

    Potheek Aami.

  19. denise Says:

    I think your english is just fine. You speak better than most americans which have been born here and raised speaking english.

    OH, it has personality..
    thank you,

  20. Wilmer Says:

    When applying the patch tool to the face it puts a shade of black when I get close to an area with hair. Can you tell me whan do I need to change to avoid that?

    Thanks! Great work.

  21. roge Says:

    Wilmer: Don’t go close to dark OR light areas. They should be retouched sepparatly. If you are beginner, just try to stay as close as possible to avoid “dark blur”.

  22. lindkold Says:

    Really good tutorial - and nice site too. Thx.


  23. creeps Says:

    Nice one! Thanks.

  24. kalias Says:

    Its very nice tutorils, really enjoyed and learned a new one. Thanks

  25. Photoshop Insane Says:

    Its good but i guess healing tool and stamp tool does much better job than patch tool. i prefer using healing brush rather than patch tool. see good-tutorials.com for healing brush tutorials

  26. Khoa Pham Says:

    thanks! i’ve used plugin ” Neat Image” to make skin person. so how about you.

  27. Patrick Says:

    Thanks A very helpful tutorial, Much appreciated.

  28. Nils Says:

    great tutorial!!!

    just one thing: when ipress ctrl/shift/F nothing happens, did i miss a step???

  29. Nils Says:

    sorry, i must have beed stupid…sorry!!

  30. Simal Says:

    Muchas gracias por los tutoriales. Me han sido de mucha ayuda en mi trabajo. Estoy recomendado tu web desde la mía.

  31. Горјан Says:

    Добар пример без мешање на други техники освен Patch tool ;)

  32. David Says:

    I naturally used the healing tool for all my skin problems, but started to experiment in patching. Your technique brings much more control than my “shoot from the hip” methods. Thanks for the tips.

    Now all I need is a model or two.

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  34. rod Says:

    roge, i love your art. i would love to know what kind of lights and set up you are using for your portraits.

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  36. Галина Says:

    Cool and beautiful!

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