Correcting Difficult-to-Remove Spots in Lightroom

It’s Tuesday — time for a 60-second quick tip from Adobe’s own Benjamin Warde, and once again, you’ll find this one really handy – he shows a little-used setting that makes the process SOOOO much easier in those tough situations. Even if you use the Spot Removal tool a lot, this is really worth watching.

I knew you’d find that one helpful (and thank you, Benjamin).

Here’s to a rockin’ Tuesday, in a great week!



Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  1. Wow, I teach Lightroom and didn’t know this one. I didn’t know changing the overlay changed the function, I just thought it changed the view. My workaround had been to just sneak up by starting next to and area that I had just brushed, and brush over.

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  2. Oh I will use that ALWAYS!!! Thanks.

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  3. Why not just hit the H key on your keyboard. I find it faster.

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  4. Interesting article! Thank you for sharing them! I hope you will continue to have similar posts to share with everyone!

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  5. Very, very useful! Thanks. Great tip!

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    • Where is the Tool Overlay in the latest 2015.7 version of Lightroom please?

      It’s not in the drop down menu of VIEW

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      • I’ve now found it under TOOLS (Not VIEW) where it’s ticked as “Autoshow”

        However I can’t find the relevant Tool Overlay Popup at the bottom of the screen.

        Your help would be appreciated. (My version is 2015.7.1)

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          • I still cannot find the Tool Overlay Popup.

            After hitting T there are two layers of tools:

            The first layer contains : Copy, Paste, Large View, Before & After, Select previous photo, Select next photo, Soft Proofing.

            The second layer contains : Main Window, Second Window, Library grid, Go back, Go forward, Collection, Filter, Filter based on ratings, Filter based on Colur label, No filter

            However nowhere can I find the Tool Overlay Popup.

            I’d value further guidance.


  6. Awesome! This has been bugging me for years. I have always used this as my signal to switch over to Photoshop. Not any more…

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    • Thank you so much!!!
      This is a useful tip.
      I will absolutely save time and effort.

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