In the Develop module, select the Spot Removal tool from the toolstrip, or press Q.
Use the enhanced Spot Removal tool
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- Use the Radial Filter tool
- Use the enhanced Spot Removal tool
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Remove unwanted aspects of a photo in a few simple steps with the enhanced Spot Removal tool.
Starting from Lightroom Classic version 11.3 (April 2022 release), Auto Sync is enabled while using the Spot Removal tool.
When you heal a portion of an image by manually selecting the source and dragging it to a new location, the manual change will not be auto-synced to the other selected images unless they are virtual copies of the manually edited image.
You can also continue to use the previous copy and paste workflow, from the source image with the manual spot selection to other images.
About the enhanced Spot Removal tool
The Spot Removal tool in Lightroom Classic lets you repair a selected area of an image by sampling from a different area of the same image. For example, you can clean up a picture of a landscape by removing any objects that are unnecessary (people, overhead electrical wiring, and more).
Video tutorial: How to get rid of something in your photo
Using the Spot Removal tool
Select one of the following:
Heal Matches the texture, lighting, and shading of the sampled area to the selected area.
Clone Duplicates the sampled area of the image to the selected area.
(Optional) In the Spot Removal tool options area, drag the Size slider to specify the size of the area that the tool affects.Note:
You can scroll up/down to increase/decrease the radius of the tool. Or, your can use the bracket keys on your keyboard to change the brush size:
- Left bracket ([) reduces the tool radius size.
- Right bracket (]) increases the tool radius size.
In the photo, click and drag the part of the photo to retouch.
- A white marquee area designates your selection.
- Another white marquee area with an arrow pointing at the selection designates the sampled area.
(Optional) To change the sampled area that is selected by default, do one of the following:
- Automatically Click the handle of a selected area, and press the forward slash key (/). A new area is sampled. Press the forward slash key until you find a sample area that fits best.
- Manually Use the handle of the sampled area to drag and select a new area.
When you select larger portions of an image using longer strokes, the right sample area match is not found immediately. To experiment with various options, click the forward slash (/), and the tool auto-samples more areas for you.
To remove all the adjustments made using the Spot Removal tool, click the Reset button below the toolstrip.
Keyboard shortcuts and modifiers
- Single click creates a circular spot, and automatically finds a source.
- Control/Command + click to create a circular spot; drag to set the source of the spot.
- Command/Control + Option/Alt + click to create a circular spot; drag to set the size of the spot.
Delete a selected area or spot:
- Select a pin, and press Delete to remove the adjustment.
- Press Option/Alt and click a spot to delete it.
- Press Option/Alt and drag the mouse to draw a marquee, and automatically delete spots that are within the marquee.
Cleaning up a photo with the Visualize Spots feature
When you print a photo at full resolution, the printed output may contain many imperfections that were not visible on a computer screen. These imperfections may include dust on a camera sensor, blemishes on somone's skin in a portrait, or tiny wisps of cloud in an otherwise blue sky. At full resolution, these imperfections can be distracting.
The Visualize Spots feature helps you see and fix these imperfections before you print.
When the Spot Removal tool is selected, the Visualize Spots option and slider are available below the image. When you select the Visualize Spots option, the image is inverted, and you can see imperfections more clearly. You can vary the contrast levels using the slider, to look for imperfections in greater or lesser detail. You can then use the Spot Removal tool to remove distracting elements.
Select the Spot Removal tool from the toolstrip, and then select the Visualize Spots checkbox from the toolbar.
The image is inverted, and the outlines of the elements of the image are visible.
Use the Visualize Spots slider to vary the contrast threshold of the inverted image. Move the slider to different contrast levels, to view imperfections like dust, dots, or other unwanted elements.
Use the Spot Removal tool to clean up elements of the photo. Clear the Visualize Spots checkbox to view the resulting image.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until satisfied.