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Temporary Healing Brush Fix in Photoshop CC2015

This post is long overdue, but better late than never. I recently had the honor to spend a couple of hours speaking with the Adobe Photoshop Engineers and Product Quality team and share my retouching workflow steps with them. As I shared my screen, they sure noticed that I was still on CC2014, and I explained that I did not like working with the new Healing Brush in CC2015. I heard many of my friends and colleagues felt the same and went back to CC2014 as well.

The Photoshop Quality Engineer shared that they are working on the permanent fix of the real-time healing brush algorithm, and for now there is a temporary quick way to fix it in CC2015.

I have read about it before, but discounted that info, thinking I’d wait for the next update with a permanent fix. But now that the Photoshop Engineers suggested it, I went on and fixed my Healing Brush in CC2015.

If you, like me, have been postponing to update to CC2015 because of the Healing Brush, here’s how you can have the CC2015 and the old Healing Brush at the same time.


  1. Install the latest Photoshop CC 2015 update
  2. Follow these easy steps:


  • In a text file in the TextEdit app, type the following text: LegacyHealingBrush 1
  • Save this text file as PSUserConfig.txt to your Photoshop settings folder: //Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Settings/
  • I had my Library folder hidden, so in Finder I chose Go > Go To Folder and typed  ~/Library, then found the folder mentioned above and placed the PSUserConfig.txt file into it. 
  • If none of these methods allow you to find the necessary folder, visit this page Access hidden user library files | Mac OS 10.7 and later.


  • In a plain text file in the Notepad app, type the following text: LegacyHealingBrush 1
  • Save the file as PSUserConfig.txt to your Photoshop settings folder:[Installation Drive]:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Settings\
  • If the folders that you need are hidden, visit this page Show hidden files, folders, filename extensions | Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 for more information.


3.   Restart Photoshop and you’re good to go!



Via  Adobe Help Desk.


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