How to Remove Freckles in Photoshop


Among Adobe Photoshop's many capabilities, the most fundamental and widely used are those that involve retouching and enhancing photographs. What once might have taken hours for a professional to do in a photo lab can now be done by Photoshop novices in a matter of seconds. Photoshop's Healing Brush tool synthesizes the touch-up process into a single action that users can employ to remove blemishes, such as freckles and pimples.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital image of person with freckles
  • Run Photoshop and open the image you want to remove freckles from by selecting "File," "Open" from the application menu. This will open your image on the Photoshop canvas.

  • Select the Zoom tool from the Tools panel to the left of the canvas. It looks like a magnifying glass. Click on the spot of the freckle to zoom in. Hold down the "Alt" ("Option" on a Mac) key while clicking to zoom back out if the image gets too pixilated or blocky.

  • Select the Healing Brush tool, nested beneath the Spot Healing Brush tool in the Tools panel. Adjust the brush size so that it is as close as possible to the size of the freckle you want to remove by pressing the "[" (smaller) and "]" (larger) keys. Locate an unblemished spot close to the freckle and move the cursor on top of it. Click on the spot while holding down the "Alt" ("Option" on a Mac) key to collect a sample that will replace the freckle.

  • Move the cursor on top of the freckle and click on it a few times, until the freckle disappears, replaced by the sample you collected in Step 3.

  • Repeat Steps 2 to 4 with any other freckles or blemishes you would like to remove.

  • Select "File," "Save As" and save your enhanced photograph by entering a new name and location. Click "Save" after you have done this.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use the Spot Healing Brush tool to get rid of freckles and pimples without sampling, but this tool averages the properties of the area around it and does not always produce the best result.

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