Photoshop: Edits using the Patch Tool are too dark

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I'm having a problem replacing part of a background on an image using the patch tool. I select my area, drag to my new area (looks great the way it is) and when I release, it turns dark. My opacity is at 100%, I have looked for a random setting that would be blending or something rather than replacing, but I can't find why it won't just move over the background that I want as it looks rather than making it darker. Help?
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Chris Cox

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Is the area you are patching dark? The patch tool works just like the healing brush: it matches the color of the area being fixed, and keeps some texture from the area you indicated as the source.
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No, it's not, that's what's got me thrown for a loop. I am pulling blue sky with a little bit of ground (maybe the bottom 10%) and covering up the same sky line but with a farm implement in it. Is it pulling all that color from the farm implement? Is there any way to just "cut and paste" the patch of sky I want rather than have it "heal" the area?
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Yes, it could be pulling the color from anything on the edge of the area being patched.

To duplicate an area without healing, you can just select and opt/alt drag an area instead of using the patch tool.
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It may help to post the original image and the results you're seeing with the patch tool.
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"I am pulling blue sky with a little bit of ground (maybe the bottom 10%) and covering up the same sky line but with a farm implement in it."

This sounds like this could be a good candidate for Content Aware Fill. Make a rectangular selection around the area with the farm implement and go Edit>Fill>Content Aware. You may have to heal/patch a bit afterward.

Content Aware Fill is a feature in Photoshop CS5.
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Or maybe just where the stamp/clone tool works best!! But without an image we can only speculate.
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Yes, I miss the real Patch SO much. It does no good at all anymore for things that have edges, like architectural shots; if they wanted to put in a skin smoother (always a big hit) I wish they didn't have to destroy the good old Patch to do it. I have given up trying to use it.