Photoshop: Correcting Minor Blemishes in Photos

Complexity Level: Intermediate

This is an intermediate topic. You will need to possess some basic understanding and have some experience with Drupal content editing.

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This documentation is demonstrating the use of Adobe Photoshop CC (but it will also be very similar in older versions of photoshop)

Sometimes there might be blemishes in images that you want to fix. Perhaps you would like to remove skin blemishes in photographs, or objects that clutter up a scene, or a stain on someone's shirt, etc.

Step-by-Step Guide


Practice Files: Man with Stained Shirt

Step 1: Open the Image

Open your image by selecting "File > Open" from the file menu and locate the image from your computer. If you need more guidance, use these instructions

Step 2: Choose Spot Healing Brush Tool

This tool looks like a bandaid with a dotted half circle around it like this:


If you don't see it on your toolbar, its probably hidden under another tool - just click on each icon and hold down, to see if you find it under any of the default tools. It may be in different places on different computer setups. 

Step 3: Start Touch Ups

Once you have selected the Spot Healing Brush Tool, notice the options bar change. You should have an option for size of brush. Depending on how big or small an area you are touching up, you may want to adjust the size of the brush. I am using a size 41, normal mode, content aware. 


Now click the image where the red stain once. You will see it start to disappear. Click again, and again until all of the red is gone. 

Here are the different phases of the image as I was correcting it - it took me 5 clicks to get the entire stain out. 

Step 4: Zoom in to Check the Quality

It's always good to zoom in to make sure that you got the stain completely out, and to make sure if there was a pattern you were correcting on top of, that it is well blended. If you find a disturbed pattern, you might want to undo your work and redo with a smaller, more precise brush. 

After zooming in, this is what the area looks like. It's not perfect but it's pretty dang good! 

Also feel free to experiment with the other Option settings for the spot healing brush tool. 

Step 5: Save Your Image

Step 6: Go Forth and Use Your Image

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