I tried doing this via actions, but clone and heal tools do not record, apparently.
They should if »Allow Tool Recording« is enabled.
I am afraid your approach seems »all backwards« – even if the problem is someone else’s fault.
You should at least try requesting the layered images or at the very least the original image.
What are the »looks« exactly? Please post the images In question.
Maybe it’s easier to recreate those changes than to do the touch-up on five images.
What kind of editing/touch-up do you intend to do that exceeds ACR’s possibilities?
It is trick for us to advise you without seeing you screen and workflow.
If the images are as you say from the same photo you could do your Healing first then duplicate it 5 time by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + J (5 times).
Now you have the retouched images on 5 separate layers from which you could alter the finishes of each as you wish using Adjustment for examples. Be sure to keep you workflow organised by placing each image and its respective adjustment Layer(s) in separate group folders for each.
I hope this helps,
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I'm unclear why you don't want to use ACR. If it is multiple images which share issues, then you can open them in ACR at the same time, and sync whichever edits you need to.
So, I am able to accomplish it through "allow tool recording", however, the process isn't accurate if I attempt to use too many different tools. I don't know if that is an issue with the various tool settings or with something else. My workaround is to create separate actions for each tool, and be sequential and systematic in my approach.
I cannot show examples as this is a sensitive project with NDA's.
ACR is not refined enough, meaning the heal and clone tools cannot be manipulated as easily or in as many ways as in photoshop, such as with opacity, pressure sensitivity, and the like.
Thank you all for the suggestions and help.
So, I am able to accomplish it through "allow tool recording", however, the process isn't accurate if I attempt to use too many different tools. I don't know if that is an issue with the various tool settings or with something else.
I think changing the Brush settings like size and hardness »on the fly« does not record, one would have to select a brush from the Brushes Panel each time.