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Using the Spot Healing Brush Tool in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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  1. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool

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This excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book shows you how to use the Spot Healing Brush tool, which quickly removes blemishes and other imperfections from photos.

Note: This excerpt does not include the lesson files. The lesson files are available with purchase of the book.

The next task is to clean up some dark spots in the wall. You could do this with the Clone Stamp tool (stamp-tool.jpg), but instead you’ll use another technique. You’ll use the Spot Healing Brush to clean up the wall.

The Spot Healing Brush tool quickly removes blemishes and other imperfections from photos. It paints with sampled pixels from an image or pattern and matches the texture, lighting, transparency, and shading of the sampled pixels to the pixels being healed. Unlike the Clone Stamp tool, the Spot Healing Brush doesn’t require you to specify a sample spot. It automatically samples from around the retouched area.

The Spot Healing Brush is excellent for retouching blemishes in portraits, but will also work nicely in this image in the dark area of the wall, because the wall has a uniform, muted appearance to the right of the dark areas.

  1. Zoom in or scroll to see the dark areas on the upper-left corner of the image.
  2. In the Tools panel, select the Spot Healing Brush tool (healing-tool.jpg).
  3. In the options bar, open the Brush pop-up panel, and specify a 100% hard brush that is about 40 px in diameter.
  4. In the image window, drag the Spot Healing Brush from right to left across the dark spots in the upper-left corner of the image. You can use as many or as few strokes as you like; paint until you’re satisfied with the results. As you drag, the stroke at first appears black, but when you release the mouse, the painted area is “healed.”
  5. Choose File > Save.