Lightroom Classic: Spot Removal tool slowing down with hundreds of spots

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I'm using the latest version of LR Classic CC to remove many hundreds of spots from old photographs. Sometimes when I open a photo the tool works very quickly, but as I continue in the same photo it gets slower and slower. I have tried working so far and then leaving the photo and returning but it stays as slow as when I left it. Is this a bug or is there a way round it?
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Geoff Culbertson

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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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Geoff - Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 was released today. Install the update and see if you are still experiencing the problem. Let us know if you are.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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See the section for "Spot Removal tool, local corrections, and History panel" here:
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Jim-GTCCC Camelford-GTCCC

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For 'many hundreds of spots' I'd go out on a limb and suggest you're using the wrong tool here and PS should be a better option.  For a few spot corrections and certainly to replicate corrections to multiple photos for real sensor dust spots, LR is 'spot on' - but the healing tools and brushes and  layers in PS are better for the heavy lifting. Using empty layers, you can isolate fixes to certain areas and this makes them more revisable. 

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David Converse

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Lightroom is not a retouching program. Use Photoshop, you'll feel better.
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Geoff Culbertson

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Thanks for the responses. I will try using PS, but I cannot then clear all edits using the Reset button. I will also then have the original DNG file plus a PSD file.
The photos I am dealing with are all scans of old colour slides from the 60's & 70's, so they are not sensor spots.
I will install v 7.3 to see if there is any difference.
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You can certainly clear those edits - if you keep the scan on one layer and do your correction work on one or more separate layers.

I agree with the other comments. Lr is designed for an entirely digital workflow rather than for retouching scanned images. PS is a better tool for the job of cleaning up hundreds of imperfections.