Tattoo Removal Using the Patch Tool in Photoshop


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When I was a novice Photoshop user, I probably tried to use everything except the patch tool. I had no idea what it was or how to use it. However, once I took the time to learn it became an extremely valuable asset to me. I use it in almost every image that I modify now.

Let’s use a very simple image in this patch tool tutorial so that we can get the hang of the basics. Once you understand how to use the tool, you will only get better with it from practice.


Removing a Tattoo Using the Patch Tool

This is a photo of a very sunburned back with a tattoo. I am going to show you how to remove a tattoo in Photoshop using the patch tool.

Step 1- Grab your patch tool from the toolbar on the left.

Step 2- Use the patch tool to draw around the tattoo, staying relatively close to the edges.

drawing outline with patch tool

Step 3- Click and drag your selected to the closest resembling area outside of the perimeter of the area that you have selected. You want to make sure that the background color of the area you have selected is very similar to the area that you drag it to.

Step 4- Now deselect the area, and voila!

tattoo removal

Now, we just need to get rid of that horrific sunburn! I hope that this tutorial was informative for you and if you have any questions, please feel free to comment. I will do my very best answer all of your question.


How to Customize a Twitter Profile

You have probably stumbled across a few twitter profiles that look amazing. Knowing some simple steps can get yours above par as well. If you are not a graphic designer, you may need to hire one. Twitter gives you some customization options, but if you are trying to promote your brand or need to display your logo, that will not be sufficient.

Before we start, visit a local Houston copier reseller’s twitter page that I customized. The banner on the left was the only part that I designed. The rest of the background are modified through the settings provided by twitter. So, let’s get to it. Here are some simple steps that you can take to improve your profile’s appearance.

Step 1- Design or have your designer create a banner for you. The one I’m using in this tutorial is 200x600px. That is generally a standard size, but if you want to go a bit larger or smaller you absolutely can. Just don’t go too big, because if someone is looking at your page on a smaller monitor your banner may overlap with the feed in the middle. Make sure you save the banner as a .png or jpg. A .png is useful if you need to have a transparent background.

twitter banner design

Step 2- Log in to your twitter account. Once you have logged in, you will notice an icon in the top right of the menu that looks like a person (from the shoulders up). Click it and a drop down menu will display. Choose Settings.
See the screenshot below for a visual.

Login to profile

Step 3- Once you have opened the settings page, you will see a menu button that says “Design.” Click Design. Your screen will look similar to the image below.

Step 4- You will see some premade theme options at the top. Look below that to the area titled “Customize your own.” Click “Choose File” and a popup will allow you to find your image. Select the image and click Open.

selecting custom image

Step 5- Save Changes and you will see the image display on the left hand side of your profile page. Once you can see the image, change your background color to what fits best with your image.

twitter background color customization

That’s it! You have just customized your twitter page. Not so bad after all, was it? If you found this tutorial useful, please like, share, and subscribe. I will be updating tutorials often. Check back for how to design an awesome background pattern.