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Option to auto-deselect after using Patch Tool

Explorer ,
Aug 18, 2023 Aug 18, 2023

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A simple request that will spare the fingers of many photoretouchers from useless pen clicks or spamming Ctrl+D to deselect after using the Patch Tool.

 

Basically, add a little checkbox to the toolbar when the Patch Tool is selected that says "Auto-Deselect". While checked, after dragging your selection to patch it, it will be automatically deselected afterwards.

 

This deselection will NOT be counted as a separate history step, so using Ctrl+Z once will undo both the deselection and the patching, leaving the user with only their selection, if they are dissatisfied with the result and want to patch again.

Another reason for it to be counted as only one step is to allow for the use of the "Fade" command (Ctrl+Shift+F) that is impossible if the patching and deselection are two separate steps.

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Explorer ,
Sep 12, 2023 Sep 12, 2023

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Another benefit of this mode:

When dragging to apply the patch, if you start your drag outside of the selection, it will still work as if you had started it inside. In other words, it will be impossible to start another selection unless you patch the current one (which could be as simple as clicking), at which point it will be automatically deselected, or manually deselecting with Ctrl+D.

 

How this can be useful:

When making particularly small selections to patch, it can be difficult and frustrating to begin your drag from inside the selection, requiring you to zoom a lot to be able to do it. This will also help speed up retouching with the patch tool, since it won't require so much accuracy. I can't count the times I wanted to patch a selection, miss it and make a new thin strip of a selection, when I actually wanted to patch the previous one.

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