How to Remove Stains in Photoshop


Photoshop provides powerful photo-editing tools for all the imperfections that can be found, both in the camera and in real life. Stain removal in Photoshop can be a vital editing tool if your images are filled with messy children or even messy brides and models. Photoshop is a professional editing software program, so a basic knowledge of the tools and how the program works is necessary to complete this tutorial.

  • Open the digital image file in Photoshop and locate the stain to be removed from the image.

  • Zoom into the location of the stain on the digital image using the Navigator window on your workspace. Depending on the size of the stain and the image, working at about 300 to 400 percent is a good rule of thumb. Being able to distinguish between the stain and the surrounding pixels is the main point of enlarging to this size.

  • Select the Healing Brush tool, indicated by a band-aid icon on the Tool Bar. Enlarge the brush size, located at the top of the screen in the Tool Modifiers specifications. The brush size should roughly match the stain or large portions of the stain at the enlarged image size.

  • Begin pressing the mouse around the outer edges of the stain. You will notice a small circle off to the side of the mouse cursor which flashes when you click the mouse. This circle is taking information from inside the circle and making a rough duplicate of the pixels to "heal" the stains on your image. The Healing Brush tool is blending those pixels with the pixels inside the brush circumference.

  • Work around the stain and try to match the surrounding pixels as much as possible. If you reach a point where the Healing Brush tool is not powerful enough or not achieving the desired outcome, switch to the Rubber Stamp tool. This will literally take any section you click the mouse on and replicate it once you press the mouse a second time.

  • Continue working the stain area with both the Healing Brush tool and the Rubber Stamp tool until the pixels from the stain now match the surrounding pixels. Reduce the size of the image to 100 percent and be sure the blending process looks natural. Use the History window if you need to go backward and return to a previous state of the digital image.

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