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Do you want to learn how to easily edit objects out of a photo in Photoshop to create cleaner-looking real estate photography?

Toys all around the living room, cars in the driveway, trash cans in the yard, cords and wires from the TV outlet are all unwanted items that should be edited out of your photos to create uncluttered and beautiful real estate photography. 

In this post, we’ll show you how to easily edit objects out of a photo in Photoshop to declutter and enhance your real estate photography.

But first, let’s take a look at why editing your images is crucial when it comes to real estate photography.

Why Is Real Estate Photo Editing Crucial?

97% of individuals used the internet to look for a home in 2021, and they anticipated to view eye-catching property photos that would grab their attention and want them to visit the property to see more. 

In addition, a recent NAR study shows that 32% of homes with high-quality photographs also sell faster than those without visuals.

So, presenting high-quality, enhanced images can significantly help real estate agents sell their listings faster and for more money, which will likely mean more loyal clients for your business.

On the other hand, skipping the final touch ups that can help improve image quality significantly will hurt your photography business and can even prevent you from getting new and returning clients.

I’m a skilled photographer so post processing won’t be needed, you may think.

Even with the best camera equipment, the best skills, and correct settings, your real estate photos sometimes won’t turn out perfect.

And that’s when you need to keep your editing skills up to par or use a professional real estate photo editing service like PhotoUp to enhance your images.

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Why Removing Unwanted Objects in Real Estate Photos?

There are times when removing unwanted objects out of your real estate photos are essential to make them look clean and uncluttered.

Messy photos with lots of objects and personal items may hinder potential buyers from seeing the home’s potential and may even repel them.  

Here are common situations when you should consider editing objects out of your photos:

  • There are messy cords and wires under the TV and table lamps
  • The living room has toys all over the floor
  • There’s an ugly spot of peeling paint in the kitchen
  • You didn’t notice the ugly, green trash cans in the backyard
  • There’s an unwanted car in the driveway
  • You failed to notice a person walking through the exterior just as you took the shot

These are all situations when editing objects out of a photo in Photoshop can really enhance your real estate photography.

Luckily, this can be done using a rather simple technique, which we’ll show you next.

How to Edit Objects Out of a Photo in Photoshop

We will illustrate how to edit objects from a photo with an image that includes unflattering cords and wires that need to be removed. You can either watch the video or continue reading the text below.

Step 1. To get started, import your real estate photo into Photoshop

Step 2. Then, locate the areas where there are exposed cords and wires

Step 3. Next, locate a selection of wall (and later floor) behind the wires that is free of clutter, which you want to clone. 

Step 4. Now, open the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop by going to the Windows menu and choosing the Clone Source option. 

Step 5. Alternatively, you can position the cursor over the area you want to clone and then Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac) to define the clone source.

Step 6. Now, go back to the cluttered problem areas and simply brush over the cords and watch them disappear like magic. 

Step 7. If the cords go down over a different background then Alt-click once again on the new background and continue brushing over. 

Step 8. Once you have brushed over all the wires and digital clutter in the photo, click SAVE.

As simple as that!

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Paying attention to detail like removing unwanted objects is what’ll transform an average real estate photo into a captivating image.

If you can work up a portfolio with high-quality property photos, your clients will likely come back for more!

But if this feels time-consuming and a bit overwhelming, you can save time and effort by outsourcing your real estate photo editing to PhotoUp’s expert team of editors

With more than 10 years in the business and several hundred skilled photo editors around the world, it’s hard to beat PhotoUp’s quality, service, and pricing. 

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Starting at the low cost of $1.50 per image, our skilled photo editors can help with the following issues:

  • Improper exposure levels
  • Harsh shadows, lack of light, etc. 
  • Blurred images that were taken without a tripod  
  • Images that need cropping or other effects
  • Image correction and enhancement
  • Color and tone adjustments 
  • Lawn greening and sky replacements
  • Clutter and object removal
  • Line and angle corrections

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It makes any empty space look like it’s taken directly from an interior magazine!

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Stina Pettersson

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Stina is an entrepreneur, digital marketer, and professional blogger who's passionate about real estate photo editing, being outdoors with her pup, and sweaty gym sessions. She loves the written word and has been writing for publications like Forbes and Thrive Global. Originally from Sweden, she's called South Florida her home since 2013.

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