How Do I Get Rid of Dust in My Photos?

No one wants to see a photo with dust spots in it. Have you ever asked yourself, “how do I get rid of dust in my photos?”

Dust is an annoying thing that can show up in your photos, no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

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While some dust is unavoidable, there are a few ways to eliminate it and minimize its appearance in your photos.

How Do I Get Rid of Dust in My Photos?

How to remove dust from photos

Photoshop has a handy tool for getting rid of those pesky spots.

The Spot Healing tool lets you quickly and easily remove the offending blemish from your photo by simply drawing over it on your computer using a mouse. 

It samples surrounding areas, filling in where there was once only dust or dirt—like magic. The dust-covered image will be pristine once you finish with the spot healing tool. 

All it takes is one pass over each area, and that’s all there is to clean up.

Dust Spots and Busy Backgrounds

It is doubtful that you will see any dust spots in a photo if they’re not on something with a solid color. You probably won’t even notice it.

However, this doesn’t mean your Photoshop skills are good enough. 

To make sure nothing unfortunate happens while healing the surface using an imperfection brush tool like spot or clone, try using another one called “Heal Selected Areas” instead. 

Always start by clicking where there was damage first before making copies of everything else nearby (cloning does what you set as destination).

How to Get Rid of Dust Spots From Your Photos Using Lightroom

How to remove dust from photos using Lightroom

Another approach to removing dust from your images is to use Lightroom. However, it is not the same as Photoshop.

  1. Now that you have Lightroom’s Develop module, it’s time to edit your photo. Navigate over to where the image in question is and head on down.
  2. Remove any dust spots from your shot using the Spot Removal tool. You can also access this option by pressing Q on your keyboard.
  3. You may use the Spot Removal tool in two ways: to heal with a feather and an opacity of 100 or to scale down the size such that you eliminate only one region at a time by using [] keys.
  4. One way to keep your images looking pristine is by using Lightroom’s Spot Removal tool. You can check the box for “Visualize Spots” in this menu, and then all dust-spidered edges will be displayed beneath the photo when you go back into editing mode.
  5. Once you can see the spots, play around with sliders until they are all visible.
  6. To better look at what you’re editing, use the zoom feature by pressing Control -+ and panning with your mouse. You can also hold down the spacebar to move around quickly while looking through images.
  7. With the Spot Removal tool, you can rub out pesky spots that keep popping up in your photos. To remove one of these blemishes automatically and with minimal effort, click its icon when highlighted by Lightroom.
  8. If Lightroom’s default sample isn’t your liking, click the 2nd circle and move it to a new spot. Lightroom will now take its cue from there.
  9. Now that you have dust spots off your image, it’s time to continue editing. You can pan around the photo, clicking on each dust spot until they’re all gone. Once you have done this, head back and edit any additional areas if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes photos to have dust spots?

If the lens or camera sensor isn’t clean when you take a photo, you’ll most likely see dust specks in the image. You’ll see them if you’ve photographed something with a single flat expanse of color, such as a landscape’s sky.

What is the best way to clean dust from a painting?

The best way to clean dust from a painting is by using compressed air to blow away any dirt stuck. You can also use the soft bristles from an old toothbrush; however, avoid scratching the surface.

Final Thoughts

Dust can be a nuisance in your photos, and if you want to get rid of it without damaging the photo’s quality, there are two tools you can use.

Photoshop lets you quickly and easily remove the offending blemish from your image by simply drawing over it with a mouse. 

Another approach is to use Lightroom.

However, it is not as powerful as Photoshop, which makes this method less desirable for most photographers who need more functionality than what Lightroom offers.