How to Remove Unwanted Items from a Photo in Photoshop


Before Changes


After Changes

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%.


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).


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).


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.


Completed Photo

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26 responses to “How to Remove Unwanted Items from a Photo in Photoshop”

  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!

  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 :)

  13. Johnathan says:

    Thank you so much. MAKE MY LIFE EASY!!!!!!

  14. Bunny says:

    thank you very much for helping me. i have been wondering on how to remove unwanted image. i have benefited in your explanation

  15. Interesting work!!! i loved this! well done the writer

  16. Evans Joey says:

    Great post, both for beginners and photoshop old hands. I’ve always found that Photoshop is immensely difficult for beginners to pick up but it also has so much depth to it that even old hands like me find so many incredible techniques out there that I don’t know about. Excellent post bringing together loads of tutorials. Nice one.

  17. juli says:

    thanks for the great explanation. Finally managed to do what I wanted in Photoshop.

  18. Ron says:

    great tips. thank you!

  19. lisabeta says:

    Photo Eraser is a nice tool for mac, ipad ,iphone

  20. Saman says:

    thanks that helped alot

  21. Billy Beson says:

    After working on several photos on photoshop the PS stap appeared in the lower left corner. I can turn it off before I file the hoot. Any help.

  22. Daniel Daisy says:

    I liked this article. We also do this kind of editing but this article shows how a beginner can also do it.

  23. Sumon Ahamed says:

    Wonderful Post. I appreciate your blog. Well done for shared. Really useful resource! Thanks for sharing.

  24. silopath says:

    Hello dear
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