Removing minor blemishes and imperfections from your photos can have a major impact. See how visual artist Gabriel Isak retouches an image in Adobe Photoshop.

Brush away distractions

Isak selected the Healing Brush and brushed over the seams, zipper, and wrinkles in his photo. Each time you move to a new area, reset the source point for the brush using option-click (or alt-click).

Artwork of men in bodysuits, seams and zippers visible. Healing brush selected, crosshairs mark the source point by blemishes

Reposition elements

The Content-Aware Move tool, nested under the Healing Brush, allowed Isak to easily move objects around. He made sure that Mode was set to Move in the Options bar, drew a selection around the white ball, and dragged the object to its new position.

Content-Aware tool under Healing Brush menu is selected, mode set to Move, selection drawn around object to move

Eliminate imperfections

Isak noticed small imperfections around the white figure and used the Spot Healing Brush to remove them.

Spot Healing Brush, Content Aware type is used to remove imperfections around artwork of man in bodysuit.

Never settle

With a few simple adjustments, you can turn an almost-perfect photo into a perfect one.

Framed artwork on marble slab of two men in solid black and white bodysuits and two solid black and white balls in water

Note: Project files included with this tutorial are for practice purposes only.

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