The spot healing brush tool is a default tool in photoshop. It’s very commonly used for face retouch up. You can do spot removal, making the face smooth, remove the dirt from the face with this tool. This tool is so much easy to use for the newcomer too and also very effective for retouching up the face in the photo. Spot healing brush tool first found in photoshop cs2.

There have two other tools which are related to healing scratches. Stander healing brush tool and patch tool are the two tools. Spot healing tools are mainly used as texture replacement tools. That means you can make a photo more flawless or repair damaged or unwanted areas from your photo, first you have to detect the area where you want o repair it. Without changing the original color from your photo or without damaging the quality by using a spot healing brush you can get the perfect photo. In this situation, you don’t need to give too much effort to do this. So now I am going to describe to you below that how you can use the spot healing brush tool step by step.

Spot healing brush tool definition

Before doing work on a spot healing brush tool you have to know that what a spot healing tool is. The spot healing brush tool is mainly used for healing any type of spot from the face. It may be dirt in a photo or making the photo smoother. There have 3 types of spot healing tools in Photoshop but they are used in different situations in the photo. Sometimes we do blend these three. But those tools are different from each other.

What is the spot healing brush tool in Photoshop?

Spot healing brush tool is a default tool in Photoshop for editing photos. We found this tool first on Photoshop CS2. After that, we get some updates on this tool day by day. You can do retouch your face photo by using the spot healing brush tool. Have two other tools for spot removing where you have to mention everything to change the pixels. But for the spot healing brush tool, you just need to mention the area where you want to do the change and other work will be done by this tool easily. It’s a brush tool that does your work without any effort.


What does the spot healing brush tool do in Photoshop?

Spot healing brush tool is a tool that s used to remove spots, dirt, or any damage from photos. It’s a post-production tool. This is used after the photo shoot is done and needs to edit the photo. When you want your photo in a real texture without losing your pixels in this type of situation spot healing brush tool helps you a lot. You can do remove a spot from the photo, wrinkles from the face, any dirt in the photo you can remove this by using this tool. There have two other tools in Photoshop for doing the same thing in the photo but in a different way and in different situations too.

The healing brush tool is one of them. You can know more about this healing tool (Added link) from this website blog. A photographer always is not able to give you the perfect photo by the camera. You need to use this spot healing tool in this type of situation where you need a face that will be flawless, natural, and perfect from all sides.


How to use the spot healing brush tool in Photoshop?

The spot healing brush tool is the perfect tool for removing any type of object or unwanted things from your photo. That’s advanced-level photo editing work. Without perfection, your work will look fake and unnatural. There have some steps you have to follow for doing work with the spot healing brush tool in Photoshop.

You have to open a new layer, choose the place where you want to remove, use the tool there perfectly and after those steps are done you will get the perfect photo as you want. If you are new here then just follow this blog and do work as a professional in a photo. I am going to describe here that how can you use the spot healing brush tool properly in a photo without losing your photo quality.


Step 1: Open your model photography in Photoshop

As an example, if you want to does work on Photoshop with a model photo then open your model photography in Photoshop first. If there have any spot or dirt on the model face then I am trying to remove this as an example. Cause this type of tool is used for a model or face-related photo editing. For this, I am choosing model photography for doing. The healing brush tool is used for this type of work too. But that’s more difficult than this.


Step 2: Create a new blank layer in Adobe Photoshop

In your newly opened model photography photo in Photoshop, you can see only one layer. The layer is the background layer that carries your photo. As we intend to get a better look photo so we contain the original to protect the original photo. So we have to add a blank layer above the background layer. We will do work about spot healing on this another tool. So take a new layer click on the new layer icon at the bottom of the layer panel. After clicking there you can get a new layer for work. Now we are going to the next step.


Step 3: Rename blank layer

If you click for a new layer exactly then Photoshop will add a new layer above the background layer in your model photography photo. But there has a problem that the layer by default name is Layer 1. It’s doesn’t mean that which types of work we will do. So do double click on the layer name in the layer panel and you can rename it as your wish. I do rename it as Spot Healing (added link). It’s very important cause when you will work with a lot of layers then you need this for understanding which layer is needed at that time. After that press enter and you renamed your layer successfully.


Step 4: Zoom in model photography

If you want to get the best result from the spot healing tool you have to adjust your photo with and spot healing brush size. You have to take the brush a little big bigger than the spot you want to remove. You can easily do it by your left and right bracket on the keyboard. Press the right key to make your brush bigger and press left to make it smaller too. Now it’s come for texture choice. The spot healing brush tool chooses the texture on its own. You don’t have any way to worry about this.


Step 5: Select spot healing brush tool

You have to choose the spot healing brush from the tools panel from Photoshop. There have a group of tools for healing. But you have to choose the Spot healing brush tool only. Now it’s time to click on this and hold your mouse cursor there until a fly-out menu occurs. Then you have to select the spot healing brush tool from this menu. You can do remove the spot, dir, or any unwanted object and remove blemishes from the photo with this tool.
Now it’s your turn to work with this magical tool. Now we are going for the next step. So let’s go.


Step 6: Size the spot healing brush

The spot healing brush tool occurs or becomes visible as a circle in your canvas. You have to move the circle that where you want o remove the spot. You have to ensure that the circle is a little bit bigger than your spot size. You have the option of doing the circle large or make small. You can find it in the options bar and click on the fly-out menu. A slide will visible to you after the click. If you slide it on the right side then it will be going bigger and if you want to take it left then the circle going to smaller.

You can also use a shortcut way. You can use the left and right bracket in your keyboard for doing the circle make bigger or smaller. If you press the left bracket then the circle will be smaller and the right bracket makes your circle bigger. You can also make your circle look soft or hard. In soft, your circle will be looking soft and a little visible. On other hand for harder feathers, your circle will be looking like hard and more visible.


Step 7: Select the brush type

In Photoshop there are three types of the healing brush tool. They are needed for different types of photo situations. Those are Content-aware; create texture, and proximity match. Content-aware is used for the lineup in a photo. Photoshop will use Photoshop brush tool depending on your photo. When it comes to proximity match then Photoshop will look at the pixels that are outside in your circle. Also, the create texture option, Photoshop makes a pattern of pixels around this area where you want to change or replace it. I think content-aware gives you the perfect result as you want but if you will not get the photo as you want then use another option that is needed for your photo.


Step 8: Click the sample all layer option

The spot healing brush tool only works the selected layer you select. At the same time, we will work with various types of layers. It will not work. So you have to take permission from Photoshop for this. This is mandatory to check the sample all-layer option. This tool will take the sample from the background layer. This sample select layer sets the limit of unchecking a box. For this type of situation, the selected layer is blank most of the time.


Step 9: For better results select the content-aware fill

Photoshop has various types of versions. If you are using Photoshop CS5 or a later version then be careful that you select Content-aware in the options bar. It’s the new edition of Photoshop that allows Photoshop to find the best texture for the problem area you do select, using a texture from the nearby area. If you’re using the lower version of Photoshop below then CS5. You will not get the opportunity for this option. In this situation, you can use the Proximity match option. It will give you the perfect or nearby result as Content-aware. Before doing this you have to make sure that you follow our steps correctly. Otherwise, you will not get the perfect result you want.


Step 10: Click on the problem spots or blemishes

Using the spot healing brush tool, make sure of sample all layer and content-aware Selected, now we need to select the spots or problem of blemishes area where we want to fix this. You have to zoom the area first for a clear view and then you have to move your circle on the spot area you want to remove. Adjusting the brush tool size depends on your spot or problem in a photo. You will get a clear view after zoom and do move your circle easily in the spot. You will get an outstanding result as you want in your photo.


Step 11: One-click on remove pimple or blemishes

The spot healing brush tool is mainly used to remove spots from your photo faces. This is the best option for removing pimples or blemishes by using a spot healing tool. First, you have to zoom the area of the pimple. Take a tour circle over the pimple and move it. After a few seconds, you can see the pimple is gone and the original texture is available in the photo as before. Not only this, f you want to remove blemishes from your face too you have to follow the same thing as for pimples remove. But be sure that your brush tool size is perfect for the pimple. You have to take the brush size a little bigger than the pimple you want to remove.


Step 12: When removing small pimples before removing large pimples

If there have a lot of spots or pimples in the face then remember that you have to remove the small pimple or small spot area first. Cause by removing small pimples you do standby in your photo and step by step do larger your brush tool and remove the large size of pimples too. Doing remove the large pimple with the large circle I recommend you to use the small circle. I do click and drag with on the area of small pimples at a time. It will give you a good finishing in the photo with a good texture. Also, the originality of the photo will be standby.


Step 13: Releasing the brush to heal the area

For removing the acne or pimple you are using a spot healing brush tool. So if you want to get a more good result then you can use the lightning brush tool in Photoshop. You can change it from the brush mood. You have to select a light mood from a normal mood. From changing it normal to light, Photoshop will just replace the pixels from dark to light. There has another option for dark pixels too. If you need this you can change it from brush mood too. You can change the mood easily by using the keyboard shortcut. You can use the shift key and the + and – key for that. Press the Shift key first then press + or – as you want.

Step 14: Using lightning brush mood tools for better result

When you need a more clear and perfect look photo with a clear face then you have to move your circle for few times in the problem or pimple area. If you have to blemish in the photo the move your circle all over the face photo. It will give you a good result. You can make a pimple or spot-free face by clicking a series in the area of pimple or blemish. It will be worth it if you spend some time clicking there.



The spot healing tool in Photoshop allows you to remove spots, pimples, blemishes, and little objects from a photo. You have to choose the tool and have to click on the problem area. Photoshop can do the rest of the work. Photoshop selects and mixes the pixels from the good area of your image. Photoshop has three types of brush tools and 6 types of blend mood for cleaning a photo as you want. You have to pick one for your work. You can use this as your want.

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