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Spot healing brush tool no longer works correctly

Participant ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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for about a week now anytime I try the spot healing brush tool it no longer works like it used to... no matter what I try (changing the hardness, changing the layer I'm sampling from, changing the size of the brush) nothing helps now that the tool isn't working. What I'm seeing is ring around every retouch that is obvious and not seamless like the tool used to do. Imagine one retouch that looks wrong now being in place of every single retouch you try, even ones that used to be , and should be, seamless... but no... you get a big, ugly,  discolored line around the outside of the brush click....

nothing like being on a time crunch and then finding that the Adobe product you depend on just isn't working properly anymore.

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018
Sometimes tool settings get changed around and yet there is a way back to defaults.Right click on the tool and select "Reset Tool"  I try this before trying a preference reset because I have to restore some items a preference reset takes away. It does reset the brush as well, but if the brush settings were thrown off, it will fix that as well. Tools and Dialog boxes have their own resets and should be the first thing to try.And you should see this:

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Community Beginner , Oct 11, 2019 Oct 11, 2019
None of the above advice helped me, but after I closed and reopened the file the Spot Healing Brush started working.

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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Hi Dukeeastwood,

 

Sorry to hear about the spot healing tool not working properly, could you please let us know which exact version of Photoshop you're working on and which operating system are you using?

 

Could you please try resetting the preferences of Photoshop and let us know if it helps with the issue?

Preferences Reset Photoshop - Preferences

 

Make sure that you backup customer presets, actions and brushes before restoring the preferences to default.

 

Regards,
Sahil

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2020 Nov 24, 2020

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I reset Preference Reset Photoshop by following the link and than used 

Using the Preferences dialog

That reset all my prefrences but it worked

Thanks

Bruce

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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In the Option bar,  is the Mode set to Normal and the type  Content-aware ?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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Sometimes tool settings get changed around and yet there is a way back to defaults.

Right click on the tool and select "Reset Tool"  I try this before trying a preference reset because I have to restore some items a preference reset takes away. It does reset the brush as well, but if the brush settings were thrown off, it will fix that as well. Tools and Dialog boxes have their own resets and should be the first thing to try.

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 7.16.59 PM.png

And you should see this:

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 7.17.25 PM.png

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Guide ,
Oct 13, 2018 Oct 13, 2018

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This happens because the default setting for Spot healing is Content Aware - which generally works better. However older versions of PS used Proximity Match as a default (I think, off the top of my head!) so try switching to that or Create Texture, to see if you can replicate the old behaviour.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 11, 2019 Oct 11, 2019

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None of the above advice helped me, but after I closed and reopened the file the Spot Healing Brush started working.

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Guide ,
Nov 05, 2019 Nov 05, 2019

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Well that should really be our default answer for everything! 😉 nine times out of ten it fixes the issue. Thanks for letting us know 🙂

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 28, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

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Unfortunately, restarting didn't resolve the issue for me.

I have the same problem, and switching from content aware to proximity match didn't help either.

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New Here ,
May 12, 2021 May 12, 2021

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Same here!

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New Here ,
Aug 08, 2021 Aug 08, 2021

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Unfortunately these suggestions didn't work for me either.

Restarting PS worked, but only briefly. ALL TOOLS were rendered useless again after I used lasso/content aware fill combo. And reseting the tools doesn't seem to fix the problem.

So I said screw it, I'll just continue using the lasso/fill, but even the that won't work after its first use. Even after reopening.

Bummer. These wedding photos will be taking much longer than I expected lol.

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Explorer ,
Aug 08, 2021 Aug 08, 2021

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Try opening a new document, see if the brush works there. If it does, try copy pasting all the layers, channels, etc, from the old one to the new one.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 22, 2021 Sep 22, 2021

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Make sure that "sample all layers" is selected. The setting should be:

Mode: Normal

Type: Content Aware

Check the box for Sample All Layers

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