June 21, 2013

Spot removal shortcuts for Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

Here’s a handy list from Julieanne Kost covering the new Spot Removal Tool (B) inside Camera Raw 8 (part of Photoshop CC):

Tap the “V” key to toggle the visibility of the spot overlays.

  • Shift-drag constrains the brush spot to a horizontal or vertical stroke.
  • Shift-click connects the selected spot with the new spot via a straight brush stroke.
  • Cmd/Ctrl-drag will create a circle spot and allow you to drag to define the source.
  • Tap the Forward Slash key (/) to select new source for existing circle or brush spot.
  • Press Delete to delete a selected spot.
  • Opt-/Alt-click on a spot to delete it (the cursor will change to a pair of scissors).
  • Opt-/Alt-click in the image area over multiple spots to batch-delete (the icon changes to a marquee while dragging.
  • Tap the “Y” key to toggle on/off Visualize spots. Note – this is also available as a checkbox and slider in Toolbar.
Posted by John Nack at 8:10 AM on June 21, 2013


  • Ron — 4:25 PM on June 21, 2013

    Too bad I’ll never be able to experience this new brush tool since I refuse to be fleeced by Adobe (via CC) any longer. Sad that Adobe is no longer a company championing the success of its loyal customers, but rather a huge profit machine operating like a global monopoly.

  • William McDavid — 8:45 PM on June 21, 2013

    John, Ms. Kost’s link wasn’t ..2013/05.. but instead 2013/06 here: http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/2013/06/the-spot-removal-tool-in-camera-raw-in-photoshop-cc.html

  • Christopher Neely — 5:58 AM on June 25, 2013

    Very interesting – but what’s the point of adding incremental improvements to Camera raw when features are removed that make it useless for day to day workflow compared to earlier versions – I’m talking here about an emasculated Camera Raw crop tool and in Bridge no output module – i’ve had the thing four days and already I’m most unhappy with it despite some useful new features.

    TBH I have to use Bridge CS5 for some stuff that CS6 won’t work with, I was hoping for fixes not less functionality. Sorry if this is off topic but it’s kind of not….

  • Christopher Neely — 8:44 AM on June 25, 2013

    Duh… don’t say it..! in my defence I don’t remember the last version that had an instruction book….

    (Still need to use Bridge CS5 for one issue though.)

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