Dirty garbage cans, garden equipment scattered about the yard, or toys all around the living room. These are all unwanted items that don’t have a place in real estate photography. Fortunately, you can remove unwanted objects using some easy Photoshop tools and techniques.

In this mini-tutorial, we’ll show you how to easily remove unwanted objects in Photoshop using 3 simple techniques.

With no further delay, let’s get into the nitty-gritty!

How to Remove Unwanted Objects in Photoshop

To get started, you can either watch the video tutorial or continue reading the text below:

Open the image you want to edit in Photoshop. You can then use either of these 3 methods outlined below.

I. Spot Healing Brush Tool

1. Zoom in on the object you want to remove.

Adobe Photoshop Spot Healing Brush Tool

2. Select the Spot Healing Brush Tool then Content Aware Type.

Adobe Photoshop Spot Healing Brush Tool Content Aware

3. Brush over the object you want to remove. Photoshop will automatically patch pixels over the selected area. Spot Healing is best used to remove small objects.

II. Patch Tool

1. Select the Patch Tool.

Adobe Photoshop Patch Tool

2. Draw a line around the object you want to remove. Drag the selection to an area that you want to use as a patch sample.

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III. Clone Stamp Tool

1. Select the Clone Stamp Tool.

Adobe Photoshop Clone Stamp Tool

2. Go to the area where the unwanted object is found.

3. Hold Alt until the cursor turns into a crosshair. Click on the area you want to sample.

4. Brush on the object you want to remove. This will copy the pixels of the sample area you selected in step 3. A small plus sign shows the sample area that the brush is copying over the object you want to remove.

And that’s it!

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Devon Higgins


Devon is a business owner, entrepreneur, licensed realtor, and sports enthusiast. Devon graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Marketing and he currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Devon's background in marketing and the deep knowledge of the real estate industry make him an integral part of the PhotoUp team.

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