Remove Undesired Spots in Photos with Adobe Photoshop

You may have seen some undesirable points such as hot pixel, flare, dust, etc in your digital photos. These bad spots can be easily removed by using healing tool in Adobe Photoshop. This tutorial will demonstrate you how to remove undesirable spot from your shot.

sample-photo-before

Photograph info: Location Budhamondhol Thailand.

From the photo above, I took this photo with long shutter speed and you can see that there are some flares and hot pixels in my photo. These unattractive points can be removed easily by using “Healing Tool” in Adobe Photoshop. You can see the example after applying healing tool as shown below.

BEFORE-AND-AFTER--PHOTOSHOPPHOTOGRAPHY

Click “Healing Tool” on the tool pallet or press “J” to select it.

1-healing-tool-set

You can see that there are 4 types of “Healing Tool”; however you need to use only 3 tools as follow;

Spot Healing Brush Tool 2 spot healing brush tool

Healing Brush Tool3 healing brush tool

Patch Tool4 patch tool

The last one is “Red Eye Tool” which is used to correct red eye causing by flash gun. Hence, this tool will be skipped from this tutorial.

1) I will start with “Spot Healing Brush Tool2 spot healing brush tool. After you select this tool, click brush property which is at the top right corner to see brush’s property. You can adjust size of brush, hardness, spacing, etc.

Normally, I adjust only the diameter of brush to cover each spot, just a little bit bigger, but for the other properties; I still leave as per default valves.

5 change size of spot healing tool

This is my flare.6 before

Adjust size of brush a little bit bigger than flare and then click where the spots you want to remove. The tool will try to find adjacent color and blend into brush area. 7 stamp

You can see that the flare is gone.8 after stamp

2) The second one is Healing Brush Tool.3 healing brush tool

Select Healing Brush Tool , click brush property which is at the top right corner to see brush’s property. You can adjust size of brush, hardness, spacing, etc.

5 change size of spot healing tool

I normally adjust brush size just big enough to cover area where I need to remove bad spots.

This is another flare that I would like to remove.9 healing brush tool

The concept of Healing Brush Tool.3 healing brush tool is to use color from sample area, which we need to determine, and blend into area where the Healing Brush Tool was painted. You may get confused what this is about. Let’s look at the example below.

Select this tool, hold “Alt” key and click the sample area which should have similar color.10 sample area

Then paint around the flare as show in this photo.11 paint area

After that, Photoshop will use blend color nicely so you will see that the flare is gone.12 after painting

3) The last one is Patch Tool4 patch tool. When using the Patch Tool, you need to create selection area around where you want and drag that selection to area where has similar color. Photoshop will use the color inside selection to paint over your selection.

Let’s see the example. Select this tool and make selection around the flare.

13 patch tool around

Drag the selection over area which has similar color.14 drag for sample area

Then Photoshop will do its excellent job as you can see.15 after patch tool

Look overall photo (100% zoom) and you may see hot pixel due to long shutter speed.

16 apply healing tool

For these small spot, I would rather use Spot Healing Brush Tool 2 spot healing brush tool to fix the problem. After I remove all hot pixels, you can see before-and-after photo shown below.

BEFORE-AND-AFTER--PHOTOSHOPPHOTOGRAPHY

Finally, this tutorial is an example of how to use the “Healing Tool” in Adobe Photoshop to remove some spots. Anyway, the way how to correct undesirable spots of each photo is different but the concept of using tool is the same. Let’s try the Healing Tool to help you remove some undesired spots out of your nice photos.

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One thought on “Remove Undesired Spots in Photos with Adobe Photoshop

  1. Adobe Photoshop is the best photo editing tool in my opinion.Photoshop has been my bread and butter software on my current job which involves a lot of photo editing.

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