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How to Touch Up Photos and Remove Blemishes Using the Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom 3

By Pye Jirsa on June 7th 2011

(The Lightroom video tutorial in this post is just under the introductory text below. The working files for this Lightroom video tutorial can be found just above the video.)

Many of you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that you can do basic photo touch ups directly in Lightroom. In fact, often times we can complete all of our touch ups in Lightroom without having to take our images into Photoshop at all.

The Lightroom Spot Removal Tool is incredibly powerful and easy to use when removing small bits of garbage from your image, removing blemishes or dirt on a face, or just simply fixing dust spots from your sensor that are showing in your image.

In this Lightroom video tutorial, we will be showing you how to remove small bits of garbage from the background of your image using the Clone and Heal features of the Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom, as well as remove the dirt and blemishes from our subject’s face.

Exercise File Download Links:

Note: These images have been provided to the SLR Lounge users curteousy of Lin and Jirsa Photography for educational purposes only. They may not be used in any other manner outside of these SLR Lounge learning videos without the express written consent of Lin and Jirsa Photography. Thank you.

Full RAW Exercise Files (265MB) – For faster connections. The full RAW files will allow you to follow the tutorials while achieving the exact same results as shown.
JPEG Exercise Files (24MB) – For slower connections. The JPEG files will allow you to follow the tutorials, although the results may vary due to not having the image details of the full RAW file.

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  1. Joseph Prusa


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  2. Cathy

    Great video!  That was the best explanation and demonstration of the clone/heal tools in Lightroom that I’ve come across on the net.  Exactly what I was looking for – thank you!

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