Retouch with the Spot Removal brush

Heal spots and blemishes

The Spot Removal brush lets you repair a selected area of a photo with a sample from another area. When removing spots, you use two connected circles: the spot circle indicates which area to change, and the sample circle determines which area of the photo is used to clone or heal the spot.

For a video tutorial on the Spot Removal brush, see Cleaning Up Blemishes.

  1. Select the Spot Removal brush  in the tool strip.
  2. Click one of the following in the tool drawer:
    Applies the sampled area of the photo to the selected area.

    Matches the texture, lighting, and shading of the sampled area to the selected area.

  3. (Optional) In the Spot Removal brush drawer, drag the Size slider to increase or decrease the size of the area that the Spot Removal brush affects. Drag the Opacity slider to the left to add some transparency to the selected area.
  4. Move the Spot Removal brush into the photo and click the part of the photo you want to retouch.

    Lightroom clones a nearby sample area to the spot that you clicked. An arrow points from the sample circle to the spot circle, which indicates the selected area that is being cloned or healed.

  5. To refine the spot-removal operation, do any of the following:
    • To change the sampled area, drag the sample circle.

    • To adjust the size of the circles, move the pointer over the edge of the spot circle until it changes to a double-pointing arrow. Then, drag to make both circles larger or smaller.

    • To change the area being cloned or healed, drag inside the spot circle.

    • To hide the circles, move the mouse pointer out of the content area. You can also press the H key to hide and show circles. Hold down H for a few seconds to hide the circles until you release the key.

    • To delete a spot, select one of the circles and press Backspace or Delete.

    • To cancel the operation, click the Reset button in the Spot Removal options panel. Clicking Reset also removes all previously created spot circles.

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Remove red-eye

  1. Zoom in to at least 1:1 (100%) to get a better view.
  2. Select the Red Eye Correction tool  in the tool strip.
  3. Click the center of the eye to use the current selection, or drag from the center of the eye to change the selection size. For best results, select the entire eye, not just the pupil.
  4. Drag the Pupil Size slider in the Red Eye Correction tool drawer to the right to increase the size of the area corrected.
  5. Drag the Darken slider to the right to darken the pupil area within the selection and the iris area outside the selection.

    Press the H key to hide or show the red eye circle. To remove the red eye change, select the red eye circle and press Enter or Delete.

    Click Reset to clear the Red Eye Correction tool changes and to turn off the selection. Click the tool again to make further corrections.

    Move between multiple selected red eye areas by clicking the selection.

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