Photoshop CC 2015: Healing brush problem

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Healing brush is not working as good as in the past. It creates much more smudges. I also get an little white border around my retouches when retouching on an other layer.
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Bram Declercq

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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The remaining issues with color cast/texture should be solved by the CC 2015.1 update that was released today: https://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/201...

See this topic for more details on the diffusion slider: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/usi...
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Sohrab Amirghodsi, Employee

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The new “Diffusion” slider in Photoshop CC 2015.1 was introduced to allow the new real-time healing brush to produce results very similar to the legacy, non-real-time healing brush in Photoshop CC 2014 or earlier. To achieve a similar result to Photoshop CC 2014 and earlier set the “Diffusion" slider value to 2 or 3.

As a general guideline, low slider values are good for images with grain or fine details while high values are better for smooth images. If you are retouching sharp/detailed/textured/noisy images, we recommend starting with “Diffusion" slider value of 2 or 3 as a starting point. The diffusion slider is available for healing brush (all Modes except replace), spot healing brush in proximity match mode (all Modes except replace), and patch tool in normal mode. We recommend reviewing Diffusion slider control help page at https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/usi... to familiarize yourself with this new control.

Please let us know if you can not achieve similar result to the old healing after playing with the new “Diffusion Slider”. We want to be clear that there may still be subset of cases that the old algorithm perform better while the new algorithm will perform better on most images. We welcome constructive criticism and will be happy to look at any particular case that is not working for you.

We will need a psd file along an action recording of your stroke so we can reproduce the result on our side. Please make sure you have “Allow Tool Recording” on for the action and to activate the brush panel at the beginning of your recording to save the brush state.

We also like to get some feedback on whether there is a strong desire for automating the diffusion slider based on the content.

If you need to go back to the old healing algorithm or interactive feedback for healing brush, please see this document: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/...

Please note: The new algorithm is purely a CPU based algorithm and does not use GPU at all. Playing with enable/disable “Use Graphics Processor” in Photoshop’s preference will not change the results.
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Joel Baer, Official Rep

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When problems like these are encountered with the product, we need to know these things so we can make them better. Thank you all for speaking up.

I will be reaching out to you individually to attempt to retrieve your problematic working files. Having the actual files will help us troubleshoot the issues as fast as possible and get to the bottom of this.

Thank you for your patience, we want to make this better for you!

-Joel Baer
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Sohrab Amirghodsi, Employee

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We would like to thank everyone for voicing your opinions and sharing your feedbacks' with us. We’ll provide a simple way [via some sort of UI mechanism] to revert to the legacy healing brush behavior in the next release.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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There is a preference to select the legacy healing mode in in theCC 2015.5 upgrade released today: https://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/2016/06/adobe-releases-major-photoshop-cc-update-today-and-announces-more-digital-imaging-product-features-coming-soon.html

Preferences > Tools > Use Legacy Healing Algorithm for the Healing Brush