Remove blemishes with the Repair tool

Fix your photos using the powerful editing tools in your new Photos app


Not every photo comes out perfect. Of course, taking your time when you’re preparing your shot is the best way to prevent having to embark on an extensive editing process, but sometimes there are just unavoidable variables that stop your shot being perfect. In those situations, Photos is here to help.

Whether it’s using the powerful Light and Color adjustments to tweak the look and feel of your shot, or giving your image a different look with a filter, Photos can do it. But one of its most useful features is the Repair tool, which allows you to manually remove blemishes and even some objects from your photo with just a few clicks. Read on to find out how to become a Repair tool pro…

Step 1

1. Choose your photo

First, pick a photo from your library. Flick through until you find one that has a blemish or a mistake that you want to get rid of. Double-click it to open it up.

Step 2

2. Zoom and enhance

Now, zoom in on your photo to get close to the blemish. If you’re using a Mac notebook, you can use a pinch on the trackpad to zoom in, or use the slider in the top-left.

Step 3

3. Edit

Next, you’ll need to open up the editing panel. Simply click the Edit button in the top-right of the window, choose Image>Show Edit Tools, or simply hit the Enter key.

Step 4

4. Retouch

You can use the other options to edit your photo by enhancing the colours and cropping and straightening it, but for now click the Retouch button at the bottom of the menu.

Step 5

5. Adjust the size

You’ll see a slider that alters the size of the brush that you will use on the image. You’ll get a preview as you scroll it up and down to help you get it right.

Step 6

6. Click or drag

If your blemish is small enough to be covered by the brush with a click, it will garner good results. Otherwise, click and drag so that the white brush covers the blemish completely.

Step 7

7. The Alt key

Alternatively, you can hold down the Alt key. The mouse will change into a cross and you can use it to select an area of the photo to be used to cover up a blemish elsewhere.

Step 8

8. Stamp it

You can now let go of Alt and use the area you’ve just selected. Click on your blemish and you’ll see the cross reappear briefly – this denotes that you’ve sampled the area.

Step 9

9. Perfect the edit

You can keep sampling areas and stamping them to get the perfect edit. When you’re happy, click the Done button in the top-right to save your edited image.