How to Remove Objects in Photoshop

Knowing how to remove an object in Photoshop is essential for every Photoshop user. Whether you’re editing photos, designing or creating photo compositions, there will always be some unwanted details in the way. Fortunately, Photoshop has several tools that can quickly and seamlessly remove an object!

Today, we’re going to see how to remove an object in Photoshop using five different techniques. Each tool excels at removing different types of objects in all different types of scenarios, all on its own.

Tools can also combine them, so you never have to worry about a distracting or unwanted object ruining your photos again.

  1. How to Remove Objects in Photoshop Using the Patch Tool
  2. How to Remove Objects in Photoshop Using the Content-Aware Move Tool
  3. How to Remove Objects in Photoshop Using the Clone Stamp Tool
  4. How to Remove Objects in Photoshop Using the Spot Healing Brush
  5. How to Remove Objects in Photoshop Using the Brush Tool

First, let’s start with the Patch tool. The Patch tool is used to remove unwanted image elements. The Content-Aware option in the Patch tool takes nearby pixels and fixes them over the unwanted area, creating a seamless blending effect with the surrounding area.

Step 1: Adjust the settings

Select the Patch tool, found by right-clicking the Spot Healing Brush and opening the tool carousel. You can also cycle through the different Patch tools using the shortcut J. With the Patch tool selected, look at the top options bar.

  • Correction: First, we want to set Patch to Content-Aware.
  • Structure: For Structure, we can enter a value between 1 and 7 to define how much the patch will reflect any existing image pattern. This setting may change from image to image. However, I think a Structure of 4 does a good job most of the time.
  • Color: For Color, you can enter a value between 0 and 10. This will specify how much Photoshop will apply algorithmic color mixing to the patch. If you enter 0, any color mixing is disabled. I like to keep it at 0, but this can change from image to image.
  • Example of all layers: If you want to make changes directly to your photo, keep this option unchecked. However, if you are going to work less destructively, check this box and create a new layer. Anything you fix will be placed on the new layer.

Step 2: Select the unwanted object

With our settings defined, we can create a selection around the unwanted options.

The selection does not have to be precise. In fact, you want to pick up some of the outside areas around the unwanted object.

Step 3: Drag the selection to a new area

Now drag the selection over an area similar to the area your object is in. Keep lines and textures in mind. Below, I secured the horizon line between the grass and the trees lined up.

Sampling an area that was bright, removing the dark bush on the right side of the subject.

Remember, if you’re getting a lot of weird artifacts or blurring, try doing several different test patches with different settings. When you are satisfied with the results, move on to the main unwanted object.

You can also remove blurred pixels or repeating patterns by correcting them with tools, creating smaller patches in the main patch.

How to Remove Objects in Photoshop Using the Content-Aware Move Tool

Next, we’ll cover the Content-Aware Move tool, which is similar to the Patch tool, but used a little differently.

If there’s an object you want to remove from one location but place in another, use content-aware motion. Remember that the Move tool is ideal when the background remains similar.

Step 1: Select the object you want to move

Select the object you want to move. Be sure to select part of the subject’s background as well. You don’t want an overly exact selection.

You can use the Move tool to draw the selection or any other selection tool, returning to the Move tool once the selection is made.

Step 2: Drag to New Area

Drag the selection to the area where you want to place the object.

If the Transform On Drop option is enabled, you can scale the part of the image you just moved.

Step 3: Clean the previous area

After dropping the object in its new location, the old area may have pixels left, pixels blurred, or other general weird looking artifacts.

Clean this up using the Content Aware-Patch tool, following the same steps you would use when removing a regular object – treating them as unwanted objects.

The Clone Stamp tool places a part of an image over another part of the same image. The Clone Stamp tool is ideal for duplicating objects or removing unwanted objects, small and large.

Step 1: Set the brush tip and settings

Select the Clone Stamp tool from the Tools toolbar or by pressing S.

Choose a brush tip, Size, Opacity and Flow from the options bar. This will depend on what you are printing.

I like to choose a brush a little larger than the detail I’m removing and keep the Hardness around 75%.

If the object is large, I set it to a slightly smaller size and lower the Hardness for better blending.

Step 2: Sample an area and paint

Next, we set the sampling point by placing the Stamp tool pointer over the area we want to sample, then holding Alt/Option and clicking.

Drag over the detail you want to remove. It’s better to make strokes smaller and shorter rather than longer.

You should also be careful when duplicating details or creating unintended patterns. If this happens, review the repetitive details again using a different sampling area.

How to Remove Objects in Photoshop Using the Spot Healing Brush

The Spot Healing Brush tool can quickly remove blemishes and other small imperfections in your photos.

The Spot Healing Brush paints with sampled pixels from an image and matches the texture and lighting of the sampled pixels with the pixels being repaired.

Step 1: Adjust the settings

First, select the Spot Healing Brush tool, the shortcut being J.

  • Type: We want to make sure the Type is set to Content-Aware.
  • brush size: We want to choose a brush size. Selecting a brush slightly larger than the area you want to heal is ideal. I also like to keep the hardness around 75%.
  • Mode: Most of the time, you’ll want the mode set to normal. However, you can choose Replace, which will preserve noise, film grain, and any texture around the edges of the brush.
  • Example of all layers: Check Sample all layers if you want to sample pixels from all visible layers. You can deselect Sample from all layers to sample from the current layer only.

Step 2: Drag over the unwanted object

Now, click on the area you want to fix. You can click and drag to select and remove imperfections from larger areas. Try not to choose too large an area. Making several smaller selections is ideal.

The Spot Healing Brush automatically samples around the selected area.

Step 3: The Healing Brush as an Alternative

Try the Healing Brush tool if you want more control over which areas are sampled.

The Healing Brush tool works like the Spot Healing Brush, but you choose which areas to select by holding Alt/Options and clicking, similar to the Clone Stamp tool.

Finally, let’s cover how to remove unwanted details using just a standard round brush. This technique is ideal for objects on simple, undefined backgrounds with little or no detail. A subject with a shallow depth of field is a great example.

Step 1: Configure your brush settings

First, configure your Brush.

  • Brush tip: For the brush tip, you want the default Round Brush set to 0% Hardness most of the time. Ultimately, however, it will depend on the area you are painting. If the area you are painting has rougher edges, increase the Hardness to match.
  • brush size: The size will change as you paint. Change your brush size quickly using the [ and ] keys. I like to start with a size a little larger than the area I’m painting.
  • Flow and opacity: Flow and Opacity are great tools for slowly building colors, which you’ll want to do in this technique. I suggest setting the flow to as low as 10% and as high as 75%. The flow rate will change as you go along.

Step 2: Choosing the Colors

Next, experiment with a color from the area you are painting, overusing the Color Picker tool.

Every time you paint an area with a new color, you’ll want to pick the color of that area, so you’ll often change the colors. To quickly switch from the Brush tool to the Color Picker and vice versa, press and hold Alt. Choose a new color, and when you release Alt, your Brush tool will be active again.

Step 3: Paint over the object you would like to remove

Now that your Brush is set up and you know how to quickly select colors, simply paint over the unwanted object or detail.

This works best on out-of-focus backgrounds because you don’t have to focus on painting any specific shape. You just need to get the color mix right.


This is how you remove an object in Photoshop! Remember that each tool has its strengths and weaknesses. Once you have an idea of ​​when to use each tool, removing objects becomes quick and easy. You can also combine the different object removal tools and techniques, giving you endless options and the chance to decide your own preferences.

Perfect object removal is a must for photographers and digital artists – just beware of repeating patterns, blurry pixels and glitches like artifacts.

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