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How to Remove Spots and Objects and Retouch Portraits in Lightroom

Lightroom - get rid of spots and objectsLightroom’s spot removal tool with its incorporated advanced healing brush is great for getting rid of spots and some objects, as well as for retouching tasks such as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and softening skin.

Watch the two video tutorials that Adobe asked me to make last year on how to use this tool.  In the first video, learn how to get rid of sensor dust or annoying objects in your composition, and learn the difference between healing and cloning. In the second, learn how to use the visualize spots feature so you don’t miss hard-to-see spots, do a quick portrait touch-up, and see how to go to Photoshop for advanced retouching. 

Click on the image below to go to the Adobe video tutorial page, where you can download the practice files and follow along in Lightroom as you watch the videos. If you enjoy the tutorials, please complete the quick feedback survey below the videos to let Adobe know!



Note that you’ll need Lightroom 5, 6 or CC for all of the features demonstrated. If you have Lightroom 2,3, or 4, do still watch the videos, but note you won’t be able to click-and-drag to do non-circular fixes, and you won’t have the Visualize Spots feature.



2017-06-28T18:19:50-07:00 July 31st, 2015|4 Comments


  1. Doug July 31, 2015 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks for posting this. I needed a prod to brush up on this process. Marked for review this weekend.

  2. John Woodman August 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Nice job as always, Laura. The explanation of the difference between clone and heal with the two colour areas of the sign was particularly helpful.

  3. Emily September 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I can’t seem to find the practice files. When I download the zip, they aren’t there.

    • Laura Shoe September 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      If you have a Mac, Emily, that unzips files automatically upon download, look for a folder called “lightroom-healing-brush-visualization”, or look for a zip file by that name. Otherwise contact us through my Contact page and my assistant can send you the zip file – but it will be the same one.

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