Advanced Healing Brush in Lightroom 5

One of the new features of Adobe Lightroom 5 is a more advanced healing brush. When Adobe released Lightroom 2 they added a spot removal brush, however this brush was far from perfect and only allowed you to select a circle to heal. As we all know whenever you have an imperfection to fix in an image it rarely is in the shape of a exact circle. With Lightroom 5 Beta the Healing brush has been totally overhauled to now allow you to heal any shape.

With the updated Healing Brush you can easily adjust the size of the brush and draw around any type of shape to quickly heal parts of your image. This can be very helpful when retouching skin or removing unwanted objects from a scene. Here is a quick rundown on the new update to the healing brush in Lightroom 5.

The new spot removal is really quick and easy to use.

– First select the tool (right under the histogram select the circle 2nd to the left shown in the screenshot below).
– Next click and drag to draw on the image the area you would like to heal. This will paint on the image with white.


– Once you release the cursor this will show you the area you selected to heal and the area it is going to use as a source for the healing. Click and move around the source area to choose the perfect area with the same color/tone/texture that the area you are fixing has.
– After you have made your selection you can refine the effect of the healing brush using the Size and Opacity sliders.


Just like any other adjustment brushes in Lightroom you can create as many adjustments as needed. If you ever need to delete an adjustment just click on the circle in the middle of the selection to select that adjustment and then click delete on your keyboard. You can also view our Top 10 Tips on using the adjustment brush here.

Have you tried out the new healing brush in Lightroom 5? What do you think about it, leave us a comment below.

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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