Watch my video tutorial below for how to use all of the new features in the Spot Removal tool in the Lightroom 5 beta — including the new advanced healing brush, which is great for both removing objects and doing retouching, and for the new Visualize Spots feature. For me, these new tools alone will be worth upgrading for when Lightroom 5 officially comes out. I will also be making far fewer trips to Photoshop!
(Update 12-01-14: For those looking for Creating a Faux HDR Effect in Lightroom and Save It as a Preset (Lightroom 4 & 5), please click here.
For best quality, after hitting Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.
Summary of what is covered + shortcuts for healing and cloning:
- 2 types of spots available:
- Circle spots – the preexisting functionality within Lightroom
- Brush spots – can be used for arbitrary shapes (retouching: at low opacity)
- Usage options:
- Click + Drag – create brush spot
- Single click – create a circle spot from auto-find source
- Shift + Click – connect the selected spot with the new spot via a straight brush stroke
- Cmd/Ctrl + Drag – Create a circle spot from user-defined source
- Cmd/Ctrl + Option + Drag: Create a circle spot that scales from center
- Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + Drag: Create a circle spot that scales from anchor
- Backslash (/) – select new source for existing circle or brush spot
- Shift + Drag – Constrain brush spot to horizontal or vertical axis