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How to Use Healing Tool in GIMP

The Healing Tool in GIMP is a tool which you can use to fix the flaws in a photo. If used correctly, it can help you to get a better result if the original image generated by your camera is not like what you have expected. For instance, you can use Healing Tool to remove lens flare.

Or, you can also use Healing Tool to manipulate the original object of your image. For instance, you can use Healing Tool to remove facial blemishes, wrinkles or cracks of an object.

Healing Tool works by copying a certain spot/area within an image to another spots. However, the spot or area is not simply copied. The area around the flaw is assessed and reproduced before the healing process begins.

How to use Healing Tool in GIMP

  • Launch GIMP and open an image that contain flaws.
  • Activate the Healing Tool by clicking its icon on the Toolbox. Or, you can use the shortcut by pressing the H key on keyboard.

  • Press and hold the Ctrl key on keyboard and click on a non flaw spot.
  • Release the Ctrl key and click the flaw spots. Take a look the screencast below.

You can learn the use of Healing Tool on this post.

When working with Healing Tool, you can choose different brush types and sizes according to the object you are working on. You can set them on the panel right below the Toolbox which will appear as you activate the tool.

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