The kinds of blemishes the face endures is a long list, from freckles to acne. Photoshop has the power to remove just about any blemish the face is marked with. Scars? Smooth them out. Moles? What moles are you talking about? Even a pimple isn’t safe from Photoshop.

If you’re looking to remove skin blemishes, take a look at these tools.

How to Remove Blemishes in Photoshop

Photoshop has some incredibly intelligent tools. So intelligent that they might be taking over the world some day. Well, maybe not quite yet, but a few tools can remove blemishes automatically and manually. Those tools are the Spot Healing Brush and just the regular Healing Brush. Both are extremely helpful and have their own application.

Here’s how it works:

1. Start by creating a new layer. Either click the New Layer icon or press and hold Shift + ALT + CTRL + N on Windows or Shift + Option + CMD + N on Mac OS. Select your new layer.

Spot Healing Brush

2. On the toolbar, choose the Spot Healing Brush.

Sample All Layers

3. Along the top are a set of parameters. Set the Type to Content-Aware, then place a checkmark next to Sample All Layers.

4. Select your new layer. Now take the Spot Healing Brush and “paint” over the blemishes.

There is a downside to using the Spot Healing Brush: the texture used to cover the blemish, the sample point, is chosen for you. Generally speaking, it’s really good at picking a sample point that best blends with the surrounding area, but it isn’t perfect.

In the event that the texture doesn’t quite fit the surrounding area, you’ll want to fix it up using the regular Healing Brush. By using the normal version, you have better control over where the sample point is coming from.

Healing Brush Tool

5. This time choose the Healing Brush Tool. It’s right below the Spot Healing Brush.

6. First, you need to pick a sample. To do this, while you’re wielding the Healing Brush tool, hold ALT or Option and click on the area you feel matches the surrounding area of the blemish.

7. With a sample now chosen, brush over the blemish.

You are probably going to feel inclined to cover every single blemish. Want a tip? Don’t. Removing too many blemishes tends to leave an image looking fake. You run the risk of someone’s face looking too smooth, which isn’t realistic.

Here’s a good rule of thumb: if a blemish is going to disappear in two weeks or so, remove it. If the blemish is, say, a small scar, leave it in. That may sound counterintuitive, but little scars and beauty marks are characteristics that provide a genuine image. No one is as smooth as a barbie doll, you know?

Furthermore, take care when drawing from certain sample points. For example, if you’re editing an area that’s shaded, don’t pull a sample point from a brighter texture. It ends up drawing a very ugly mark across your image that’s noticeable. The same can be said about drawing sample points from a shaded area and applying it to a brighter texture. This also applies to areas that are focused and out of focus; do not mix the two.