With The Spot Healing Brush
Zits Disappear Like Magic

Follow this Photoshop Elements tutorial to learn how to use the Spot Healing Brush tool. It seems like pimples know when a person is going to have their picture taken and that's when they make their appearance.

Well Photoshop Elements has a handy little tool to fight back with. And it's as easy to use as rubbing a little zit cream on the troubled spot. The main difference is that it works really well and and it works instantly.

Let's take a look at Sam who had a few zits when this photo was snapped. You can follow along with your own photo.

Just 5 easy steps…

Open an image you want to remove skin blemishes from

Any blemishes that are surrounded by relatively clear skin (like the ones circled in the image), can be quickly zapped with the Spot Healing Brush.

Click on the Spot Healing Brush tool in the Toolbox (shortcut: J)

Check out the Options bar

  1. Start off by choosing a hard-edge brush from the pull-down menu
  2. Leave the size alone for now
  3. Choose Proximity Match,which tells the Spot Healing Brush to use pixels from the surrounding area
  4. Check the All Layers box because we will be putting our correction on a new layer.

Click on the Create a new layer icon in the Layers palette which will create a new layer (surprise!) called Layer 1. This will allow us to put our changes all on a new layer and keep the original Background layer unchanged.

This is where we'll adjust our brush size. Make sure you have the Spot Healing Brush selected in the toolbox. Now when you place your cursor over your image it will turn into a black circle which indicates the size of your brush. Use the bracket keys on your keyboard to make the brush smaller ([) or bigger (]) so it's just slightly larger than the spot you want to zap.

The red arrow points to how big your cursor should be
relative to the spot you want to remove.

Now just click over the blemish to get rid of it. The spot where you click will temporarily turn gray before it shows the results. Move your cursor over the next spot, adjust the size of your brush if you need to and click.

If a bad area doesn't quite go away, you can try slightly dragging the brush instead of just clicking it. For large areas you might get better results using the regular Healing Brush.

That's all there is to it! Check out the before and after below:

That wraps up this Photoshop Elements tutorial on how to use the spot healing brush. See more Photoshop Elements tutorials by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Until next time,

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