Use The Spot Healing Brush To Remove Objects From Your Photos

The Spot Healing Brush can fix certain problems unbelievably fast and without leaving a trace that any editing has been done. . . . Most of the time.

Sometimes it leaves a blurry streak or smudged edges. Other times it creates mis-aligned edges.

But it's so easy to use and usually does a perfect job. Because of that, it's one of my favorite tools.

Check out the video below and see for yourself.


Below is the before-and-after shot from the video where I remove some distracting (and ugly) wires.

Make sure to grab a free Cheat Sheet of the steps at the end to print out and use as a handy reference when using this technique in Photoshop Elements!


As you'll see in the video below, I did some final touch-up with the
Clone Stamp Tool, but it was pretty minimal.

Click here to see how to use the Clone Stamp Tool.

Actually they make a great team.

Quickly remove what you can with the Spot Healing Brush and then go in and clean up any less-than-perfect areas with the Clone Stamp Tool.


In this tutorial I focus on removing objects.

In one example I remove blemishes. In another I remove dust spots. And of course removing those utility wires from the mountain scene.

But you can also use the Spot Healing Brush to fix tears in old photos and to remove larger items as well.

Check out this video from Adobe to see that:


Here's a summary of the steps to use in Photoshop Elements:

STEP ONE- Create A New Layer In The Layers Panel.

STEP TWO- Make The Spot Healing Brush Active.

STEP THREE- Set Your Tool Options.

STEP FOUR- Zoom In On The Area You're Editing.

Here's a tip for quickly zooming in that wasn't in the video.

Hold down Command+Spacebar on a Mac or Control+Spacebar if you're using Windows to temporarily switch to the Zoom Tool.

Then, continue holding down the keys as you click-and-drag around the area you want to edit.

Let go of the keys and you will be zoomed into the area you dragged around.

STEP FIVE- Size Your Brush.

Make your Brush a little bigger than the blemish you want to remove.

If you're removing something along a straight line like a wire, size your Brush so that it's a little bigger than the widest area along the line.

Press the Left Bracket Key ([) to make your Brush smaller. Press the Right Bracket Key (]) to make it larger.

STEP SIX- Remove The Defect.

If you're removing spots, click once or twice over the spot.

If you're removing a cluster of defects or something along a line, click-and-drag over the defect.

To remove objects that are straight and continuous, (like wires) click once at one end, then shift/click at the other end to quickly go over the length of the object.

That completes this tutorial, but there's more...

I made a printable "Cheat Sheet" of these steps so you can use it as a quick reference when using the Spot Healing Brush in Photoshop Elements.

Download it now for free by clicking the button below:

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

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