How to Remove Unwanted Items from a Photo in Photoshop

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This tutorial is to help you learn how to remove unwanted items from a photo using the Clone Stamp Tool.  For this photo (in order to simplify it and draw more attention to the main island) I removed the chain of little islands.  Once you have your photo open in photoshop:

1. Select the Clone Stamp Tool from the toolbar, pick a good sized brush and set the opacity to about 95%.

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2. Hold alt and click somewhere to take a good sample.  (Wherever you take a sample, that’s what your going to be drawing in place of the removed object).

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3. Release alt and carefully click and drag the mouse over the item you wish to remove.  (You will notice that the spot where you took the sample will follow your movements).

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4. Continue to repeat steps 2 and 3 until the unwanted object is completely gone.  You might have to change techniques a little based on available places to take a good sample.  With practice this tool is very valuable.

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Completed Photo

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13 Comments

  1. Jack says:

    Thank you so much for this guide! I have been trying to figure out how to do this type of thing forever!
    Thanks from my friends as well!

  2. Liz says:

    Thanks a lot. Been wondering how to remove unwanted objects from photos for ages. Your explanation is super easy to understand. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Elin says:

    Thanks for a simple and easy way to do this. I sorted what i needed in less than 5 minutes! Wow!
    Thanks for taking the time to do this guide!
    Elin

  4. Ellie says:

    Thank you very much for easy and fast way to do it! Excellent article!

  5. Mayra says:

    Works great, thanks!

  6. Hades says:

    Thanks a bunch, was totally stumped and now my photo looks brilliant!
    Hard with horse hair though

  7. Melissa says:

    i tried using this tool and still cant figure it out

    • Tony says:

      Melissa, will take some time and practice and from my experience the method (size, strokes) that works great on one asset may not work as well on the next.

  8. billy says:

    what version of photoshop is this?

  9. harry says:

    thnx…..simple n easy to understand

  10. Marlana says:

    Thank you! New to the business and still learning so this was very helpful and simple to understand!

  11. Michalis says:

    Hello. I downloaded a pdf in Photoshop and i was trying to erase things but i discovered that i do not have the permission to this.Can you tell me what can I do? Thank you

  12. Faeq says:

    Thanks a lot :)
    Never thought it was that easy lol
    THANKS :)

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