This month, Photoshop updates for photo restoration! New updates to Adobe Photoshop have given us some more tools we can use.

Content-aware crop

Useful for when we need to redo the image size or side ratio to fit particular standard print size. You could achieve this without this tool but it just simplifies the process. Here is a short video to illustrate what I mean.

Better Healing brush options

For those of us who liked the healing brush as it was some years ago you can revert back to the old legacy healing brush from 2014 by selecting Preferences > Tools > Use Legacy Healing Algorithm For Healing Brush.

The Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush, and Patch tool in Photoshop have a Diffusion slider which controls how quickly the pasted region adapts to the surrounding image. As a general guideline, low slider values are good for images with grain or fine details whereas high values are good for smooth images.

Changing the Tools Pallet

You can customize the Photoshop toolbar to organize tools in a group and do much more.

Do one of the following:
Select Edit > Toolbar
Long press, located at the bottom of the toolbar and then select Edit Toolbar.
Photoshop Customize Toolbar dialog
The Customize Toolbar dialog

In the Customize Toolbar dialog box, do one or more the following:
Drag and drop tools and/or groups to re-organize the toolbar.
Move excess, unused, or low priority tools to Extra Tools.
To access extra tools, long press at the bottom of the toolbar.
To save the custom toolbar, click Save Preset.
To open a previously saved custom toolbar, click Load Preset.
To restore the default toolbar, click Restore Defaults.
To move all the tools to Extra Tools, click Clear Tools.
Select the non-tool widgets to show/hide them at the bottom of the toolbar.

What a great way to fine-tune and improve our photo restoration workflow! We can now put all the most used tools in our own groups. We can put essential tools individually on the tool pallet and shuffle them around as we wish. Why not customize yours now! it is simple and fast and you’ll be saving time too. You can now spend more time on your photo restorations.