LIGHTROOM - Suggestion concerning healing tool improvement - different photo as source image

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Even though Lightroom became such a powerful tool that I don't need to export my photos to Photoshop anymore, there's one thing I'm really missing in the Lightroom workflow: When shooting a series of very similar pictures (e.g. for a group picture), there's never a perfect picture, since someone is always blinking or having a strange expression. When I've found the picture closest to perfection (for example there's only one person with eyes shut but everyone else having nice expression), at the moment I need to export the relevant photo and another one where the person has the eyes opened in PS as two layers, then cut out the opened eyes and adjust them to fit on the better photo.
It would be much easier if I could stay with Lightroom for this action. There's already a great stamping tool (the healing brush), but it only draws on the photo I'm acutally working with. If it were possible to use another, very similar picture of this series as source, it would only take a few seconds to correct such things. Same with flies sitting on relevant parts of the object where using the healing tool isn't possible because there's no area in the photo what the tool could use as source, or when stamping fences/power lines/passengers in the background away. When shooting a whole series, I often take a few pictures of the background only, they were proven beneficial as sources for distraction removals, much better than using the actual photo as the source since the healing tool often has trouble to find an area around the object with enough space to replace the path I've drawn. That leads me to make only very small "blotches" with the healing tool at once ending up with a very uneven reparation area.

I thought this problem could be common to many photographers and maybe there are some others who would love to have the opportunity to use a different picture as a source for the healing brush.
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Alena Schulz

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