Lately when I select spot removal on lightroom classic, the entire image area turns to a flat "traced" version of the image. It makes it much more difficult to use the tool. I have tried updating the program and resetting settings but it doesn't fix it. Any ideas?
Try pressing A when you're in the spot removal tool. Or deselect 'Visualize Spots' at the bottom, left. You may also want to experiment with the slider to the right of Visualize spots as it give different gradients of that function. Or simply turn it off if you don't like it.