How to Remove flaws and blemishes in Photoshop CC 2018
The Spot Healing Brush
The Spot Healing Brush is for removing incidental blemishes — skin defects, dust spots, or strands of hair, for instance. Dab the brush over the defect and Photoshop samples from nearby areas, matching brightness and color.
The Camera Raw filter
Press Cmd+Shift+A to open the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop CC, then press B for its powerful Spot Removal (retouching) tool. Tap the square bracket keys to adjust the brush size. As a rule, use the smallest brush possible.
Get close up
Press Cmd+Opt+0 (zero) to view your image at 100% so that you can discern much smaller blemishes. Hold down the spacebar to switch to the Hand tool, and drag around the image so you can check it all.
Change sample origin
Click on a spot to retouch it. A green circle shows the source for the repair. Drag inside this to move it, drag its edge to resize it, or press V to hide it if you prefer. Don’t like the result? Press Cmd+Z and try again.
Press Y to highlight the spots in your image in white, helping you to locate them. Alter the size of the markers using the slider in the right-hand panel. Toggle this view on and off regularly to check for additional flaws.
Remove bigger objects
The Camera Raw filter’s Spot Removal tool, or the Spot Healing Brush, won’t be good for removing bigger objects like the distracting cables here. For larger-scale retouching, press S to select the Clone Stamp tool.
Set sample area
For maximum flexibility, best practice is to work nondestructively by adding a new, blank layer. Click Sample in the options bar, and select Current & Below. Zoom in and Optclick in a “clean” area you want to copy from.
Paint over the blemish
Tap the square bracket keys to make your brush just larger than the blemish, and drag or click to cover it. Opt-click to pick new sources as needed. Use matching detail nearby, like the line between the wall and floorboards.
Limit the area to edit
When you’re working close to areas of detail you don’t want to affect, like the edge of the table here, it’s smart to make a selection around the area you’re working on. We used the Pen tool to draw a precise path...
Turn it into a selection
Ctrl-click within the path and choose Make Selection to convert it into a selection. When there’s an active selection, the Clone Stamp will paint only within it, but you can still Opt-click to pick sample sources outside it.