Adobe Photoshop - Simple Retouching Techniques

This guide will show you how to retouch images and how to remove spots and blemishes.


Photo retouching should be subtle,  the portrait should be enhanced without compromising the photo. The Clone Tool, and the Spot Healing Tool, are tools that are often used to get rid of acne or blemishes in a portrait, but can be utilized for much more.

When working with retouching tools, it’s important to use an appropriate brush size for the blemish you’re working with and zoom into the area you are working in.

Clone Stamp Tool

This tool makes an exact duplicate of one area and another area, so a sample area needs to be selected.

To Use the Clone Stamp Tool:

  1. Select the clone stamp tool from the tools panel, or use the shortcut S on the keyboard.
  2. Press the ] key to increase the size of the brush, use the [ key to for a smaller brush.
  3. Choose a place on the image to sample from. Hold down the alt or option key.
  4. While holding down the Alt or Option key click the area of the image to sample and then let go of the Alt or Option key.  
  5. Move the cursor to replace a blemish and click.

Spot Healing Brush

The Spot Healing Brush Tool, unlike the Healing Brush and the Clone Stamp Tool, does not need to have a sample point provided. Photoshop will analyze the image, and then provide the best option for replacing that information.

To Use the Spot Healing Brush:

  1. Select the Spot Healing Brush tool from the tools panel, or use the shortcut J on the keyboard.
  2. Click and drag over the area that needs to be fixed.

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