There’s a lot you can do to change the objects in a real estate image – provided you know what you are doing.

Real estate marketing images have never been more important. As the industry embraces the tools of online marketing, your images take center stage and need to convey everything there is to know about a listing. You can no longer rely on the feel of a place to convince buyers. All they have to work with is your image – so it needs to be perfect.

Fortunately, the software tools to radically alter the appearance of a room are there for everyone to use – if you know what to do.

Removing an object in an image is one of the more challenging tasks you have to do in Photoshop. If you are not familiar with the software, it can end up looking clunky and fake but if you are a skilled operator, then it’s almost magical how you can take unwanted distractions out of any photograph by working with areas that surround the unwanted object to cover it up. When would you want to remove an object? Let’s think of a few examples…

When would you want to remove an object? Let’s think of a few examples…

  • There’s an ugly spot of peeling paint in the kitchen.
  • There’s an unwanted car in the driveway
  • The photo of the bedroom has clothes strewn all over the carpet.
  • You failed to notice a person walking through the exterior just as you took the shot.

These are all great times to remove an object using photoshop. Does that sound like what you need?

Here’s how you get started:

How to Remove an Object In Photoshop for Real Estate Photo Editing

1. Start by right-clicking on the image you are working on, then select ‘Edit in Adobe Photoshop.

How to Remove an Object In Photoshop for Real Estate Photo Editing

2. Use the Lasso tool to select the area you want to replicate and to expand over your unwanted object.

How to Remove an Object In Photoshop for Real Estate Photo Editing

3. Select the Clone Stamp tool

How to Remove an Object In Photoshop for Real Estate Photo Editing

4. Carefully brush over the area you want to remove using colour and texture from the background so that they blend in and look the same.

How to Remove an Object In Photoshop for Real Estate Photo Editing

5. Don’t make it too clean though – add a little ‘noise’ to the image by going to Filter < Noise < Add Noise. Then add 0.5 – 1% noise for a natural look.

How to Remove an Object In Photoshop for Real Estate Photo Editing

6. To cover over a larger area, open a new layer and use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select it.

How to Remove an Object In Photoshop for Real Estate Photo Editing

7. Then copy and drag that area, change the opacity to between 30%-50%, and cover over the object you want to remove.

Remove an Object In Photoshop for Real Estate Photo Editing

8. Make sure there is no obvious repetitive cloning visible.

Remove an Object In Photoshop for Real Estate Photo Editing

Take a look at this quick explainer video that shows the process of  a car being removed from a driveway.

With a bit of time and a lot of practice, you can get really good at removing objects from real estate photos with Photoshop. But if there are ways that you can better spend your time and energy, then you should consider outsourcing this kind of work to the trained professionals at a real estate photo editing company like PhotoUp. Our teams of skilled photo editors and virtual staging artists are highly skilled and experienced and waiting to take photo editing off your hands. 

All you need to do is upload your images and instruct the team on what you would like – they do the rest. PhotoUp delivers hi-res, high-quality images, edited in your style within hours. 


To see what PhotoUp can do for your real estate marketing images, sign up for a free account today.