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How to Use Healing Brush in Lightroom

Last Updated on November 1, 2020 by Devaun Lennox

Hello my friends so in today’s video we’re gonna talk about in Lightroom one simple tool that can help you start to smooth out skin and blemishes and this simple tool is a little bit it’s simple yes it’s it could be a little bit timely to use and there’s definitely some strategies and techniques

but we’re gonna start to adjust those right now so we can give you guys the maximum and best results just using Lightroom so this is the photo that I’ve taken about four weeks ago with my creative team this is our model Sierra we’re gonna focus on just removing some of the freckles that she has she does have a lot of freckles so we’re gonna remove some of those in Lightroom this is just kind of the before photo I’m just gonna show you guys as an

example in Lightroom right now I’m gonna show you guys if the after photo so here we are this is Lightroom already loaded up ready to go and we’re gonna just kind of zoom in a little bit here onto the photo and get a closer look at we’re going to be working with here so let me zoom out a little bit a little bit too tight so we’ll zoom about right there so let’s go over to this panel right here that has our clone tool and for me I’ve already done the before-and-after so I’m just gonna just turn this the setting on and off right now let me zoom in a little bit closer so you

guys can see exactly what’s happening here and a little tip if you press and hold the space bar down on your keyboard you can actually then use the trackpad I’m using a Wacom tablet but you can use a trackpad or Wacom tablet and then kind of just drag and you can use a functions the hands tool so I’m using it right now with the trackpad and then if I go over here on the Wacom does the same thing so this is also the same thing that applies to Photoshop as well so just a heads up so you guys know that tip the Wacom tablet is very sensitive zooming

for some weird reason I don’t know why but it’s gonna be a little disorienting I apologize the zooming on on here is just a little bit it’s a little bit the zoom levels are a little weird but nonetheless let’s kind of go in so if you guys look a little bit closely here you can see the before and after I’m literally just tapping on and off so you can see what we’ve been able to remove that’s the for I mean sorry this is the after this is before so we I’ve just removed and reduced all the freckles so let me I’m gonna turn that overlay to always on so you can see all the points that

are there these little spots right here are the basically the it functions this kind of a clone slash healing brush tool but over here in the this this healing panel this has a couple of different functions in Lightroom this tool right here is what we’re gonna be using it automatically selects based on the the size in which that you have this radius here it selects that size based on that it finds similar color to control and neighboring pixels in the image and then places it there so we’re gonna reset and we’re gonna just zoom right in and start going ham on it ham and

cheese bro ham and cheese resume right in okay so I am going to make the brush a little bit smaller zoom back in and the goal with you using this specific technique all you got to do is just basically tap and Lightroom is going to do its best it’s not perfect but do its best to based on the selection size and where you’re sampling from the desired place it’s going to look it’s texture tone and color of the neighboring pixels surrounding that area and basically copy and paste it over there and blend according to its algorithm that’s literally all it’s doing it’s not perfect

when it does this so it does it will have some issues here and there but that’s basically where you’re doing so you the the biggest tip when it comes to using this specific technique if you wanted to this in Lightroom and you don’t want it without Photoshop or affinity photo and things of that nature you just want to do everything in one application one platform one piece of software you’re gonna want to basically make this brush just slightly bigger than the blemish that you want to remove because this to this brush like with all Healing Brush tools across a lot of

actual different applications get really blurry really quick like really quick really quick it doesn’t take them very long if you’re blurry they start to lose detail when they sample if you especially be sample multiple times in the same area it has a tendency of getting blurry pretty quickly but this is literally all we’re doing nothing revolutionary here it’s a pretty easy tool to use but it is going to be a little bit time-consuming if you want to make sure you’re getting some pretty solid blemish removal depending on any blemishes you’re removing but you’re gonna have to

be a little bit patient with it obviously I am recording a video right now so it’s gonna be a little bit like you might computers and start to pretty much wet itself as as it realizes what’s happening here and it’s it’s starting to realize that right now so the fans are on you know saying well yeah I’ll do like maybe another minute or so it’s tools pretty straightforward the settings that have over here the only settings that I’m really changing is just the size which controls how large that that the sample selection will actually be feather of leaving at zero you can basically

adjust the feather if you need to feathering is going to control how smooth from that the outer edges of the circle how smooth those outer edges are going to be so it basically adjusts the amount of blending for me since I’m doing a very small small selection for the most part I’m zoomed pretty tight in I just leave the the feather at zero you can you’re welcome to change and put it to 50 or 100 percent if you would like it to be softer I personally just don’t change it I just leave it at zero opacity always leave it the opacity at 100 you can obviously change that if

you want to to basically go over an area multiple times to basically heal it a little bit and blend it a little bit better I don’t personally use it that way but that is one technique that you can do by by lowering the opacity down to say 10 15 20 percent and then going over an area multiple times the only caveat to doing that is that you’re going to need a zoom very far in because Lightroom only allows you to basically do one sample selection of that area and you can’t overlay unfortunately so that is one of the caveats with doing that technique you’re gonna have to

zoom in pretty tight for me this is kind of just the standard zoom level zoom level that I I use this tool at I don’t really often zoom any closer than this personally but this tool is pretty straightforward to use it works really really well when it comes to removing like these kind of blemishes here freckles it’s not gonna be good at removing wrinkles like this wrinkle right here the smile line it’s not gonna be good at removing that it’s not gonna be removed good at removing stray hairs right here you have to use another technique those techniques are typically

found in the finding photo or Photoshop or there’s a couple other platforms but usually those it’s not gonna be good at removing this wrinkle right here and the forehead it’s not gonna be good at removing that kind of stuff stray hairs wrinkles weird things happening in the fabric not really gonna be good for this tool because again it is circle or it’s it’s a circle it’s not it’s not like a line it’s not something that you can draw a custom custom shape and it just has one shape in one shape only but let me just do one last thing here will kind of scare with this little area it

wasn’t a perfect selection and we’ll go back up to the face I just want to show you guys it before and after I’ve spent maybe about four minutes in total and so far so you can kind of see I’m going to turn off all these these points down here so we can basically not get distracted by those and you can just see the before and after so before after for my friend we’re going to go up here as well for after four and we’ll do some quick so you can see as my computer kind shirtles a little bit but that’s what we were able to do man in just literally five six minutes in total

obviously I’m talking and stuff like that but that’s literally it’s a pretty straightforward tool to use I guess the biggest practices when it comes to using this particular tool just like with all the healing tools in every single application they’re not good when it comes to edges so if you’re finding yourself trying to remove a blemish on an edge best practice is gonna be to use another tool if you’re only editing and softening skin in Lightroom unfortunately you’re just not to zoom as close as you possibly can to get as close to the blemish that you can so say for example

I was trying to remove this blemish right here that this is how much I’d have to zoom in to get rid of this right here that’s just kind of what you’d have to do as far as this one right here you’re gonna have to make the selection larger and then you’re gonna well not let me go into this right here and then turn these back on to always you’re gonna have to select this and then basically drag over to find a similar edge that’s literally what you’re gonna have to do and then change your feathering so that it blends to a certain extent that’s gonna be the kind of the way

that you can tackle edges if you’re gonna choose to use this technique on edges you’re going to zoom in very very close depends how large the blemish is gonna be that you’re trying to get rid of but you’re gonna have to zoom in pretty close to lots of the blemish get the selection basically drag it put it to something that’s also on the edge and then blend it using opacity and feather and you’re gonna have to play around with that to get those kind of results so this pretty much wraps up today’s video man this is this is a pretty straightforward tool to use it’s

very very easy it’s basically a mixture between a healing brush and the clone stamp it doesn’t do exactly healing it doesn’t do exactly cloning it’s kind of a mixture between both of those but it functions in that way and it’s very just just tap away and change the settings basically if it gives you a funky result and you don’t like it just kind of just drag and decay actually want you replace it with that and it just itches replace it that’s literally all it comes down to using this tool so that kind of wraps today’s video like I was talking about before as a far as always guys

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Devaun Lennox

I'm a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer turned impromptu photojournalist. Based in Las Vegas, my images are graphic, bold, and full-on contrast.