Shortcuts for the Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom Classic

In Lightroom, we can now click-drag to create a Brush Spot.  As in previous versions a single click will create a circle spot and auto-find a source.

• Tap “Q” to access the Spot Removal tool.  Shift + Q toggles between Clone and Heal modes.

• Command -drag (Mac) | Control -drag (Win) creates a circle spot and allows you to drag to define the source.

• Command + Option -drag (Mac) | Control + Alt -drag  (Win) creates a circle spot that scales from the center.

• Command + Shift -drag(Mac) | Control  + Shift -drag (Win) creates a circle spot that scales from anchor.

• Holding down Shift (before starting to paint with the Spot Removal tool) constrains the brush stroke to horizontal or vertical.

• If you click to set a circle spot and then Shift + click in a different area Lightroom will connect the first spot with the new spot via a straight brush stroke (a great way to remove telephone lines).

• To enlarge a spot after drawing, use the Size slider in the Spot Removal  options panel.

• Backslash (/) – select new source for existing circle or brush spot.

• Tap “H” to hide the interface.

• Option -click  (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -click  deletes a spot (the icon displays as a pair of scissors).

• Option -click  (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -drag over multiple spots will batch-delete spots.

• Tap “A” to toggle the Visualize Spots feature (manual controls are found in the Toolbar)

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 04-17-2013


  • By Daniel thomassin - 11:46 AM on April 17, 2013  

    Merci beaucoup je vais testé tous ces nouveaux modules qui on l’air bien pratique.
    je vous remercie beaucoup;Bonne journée à vous et vos collègues d’ Adobe.


  • By Jana - 11:43 PM on April 18, 2013  

    Thanks for all tips!

  • By Stefan - 1:32 AM on July 21, 2013  

    Point 2 is fine, but (on windows, LR5.0 ) it changes the mode to “clone” 🙁