Discover how to repair a photo or remove small objects using the Photos app on your Mac.

Photos are rarely perfect. There might be an object spoiling the view, a shadow you wish to remove, or a spot that you need to paint out. By using the Photos app on your Mac you can use the Retouch tool to automatically “paint out” small objects and errors. Here’s how:

  1. Open the photo you wish to edit, then click the Edit button in the top corner.
  2. Click the Adjust tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Look for Retouch in the sidebar, then expand it by clicking on the small grey arrow.
  4. Use the small slider to determine the brush size. The more you drag it to the right, the bigger the brush will be.
  5. Click the paintbrush icon, then draw over the object or blemish you want to remove.
  6. If the Photos app doesn’t choose the right ‘texture’, undo by pressing Command-Z on your keyboard, then hold down the Option key, and click on an area of the photo which as the right texture.
  7. With luck, when you draw over the object again, the Photos app will do a better job painting over it.

Here’s a before and after example of using the Retouch tool:

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