How To Remove ANYTHING From a Photo in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to remove anything from a photo in Photoshop.

This complete guide has everything you need to know about removing distracting objects from your photos.

If you’re new to Photoshop, I’ll show you how to get started with the magical Content-Aware Fill.

And if you’re a Photoshop pro? I’ll reveal advanced tips and techniques you can use with the Clone Stamp Tool.

Bottom line:

You’ll love this Photoshop tutorial if you want to remove unwanted elements from your photos.

And here are the techniques that you’ll learn about in this post.

Remove a Photobomber Using Content-Aware Fill

One of the best and easiest ways of removing anything from your photos in Photoshop is using the Content-Aware Fill.

The Content-Aware Fill is one tool that seems almost magical when you first use it. It allows you to fill in selections with content instead of a color.

In the example in this video, I show you how to remove a photobomber from a photo by simply making a selection around her.

Then press Shift Backspace (Mac: Shift Delete) to bring up the Fill dialog box. Then selecting Content-Aware as the Fill will look at the surrounding pixels of the selection to generate the fill.

As you see, the photobomber instantly disappears, and the photo looks perfect. This command works best with backgrounds that do not have too much detail.

Remove People from Background With the Patch Tool

If the Content-Aware Fill does not work, you can try the Patch Tool to remove anything from a photo in Photoshop.

The Patch Tool is part of the Healing Brush set of tools. These are the tools that you will use for all your retouching needs. The Patch Tool primarily repairs larger areas of an image or eliminates any distractions or blemishes.

The advantage of the Patch Tool over Content-Aware Fill and other retouching tools is that it uses a selection-defined area to sample from. So you can decide what areas to use as a reference for texture and lighting.

In this Photoshop tutorial, we will use it to remove tourists from a vacation photo.

Remove a Car From a Background Using the Clone Stamp Tool (Advanced)

If you really want to get your hands dirty and get ultimate control, then consider using the Clone Stamp Tool, which copies pixels from one area onto another.

The Clone Stamp Tool is the easiest tool to understand but the most powerful in many ways. This tool simply copies pixels from one area to another. But the real power comes with the Clone Source Panel, which allows you to control how the pixels are painted onto your document.

The Clone Source allows you to scale, flip, rotate, and offset the source, meaning you have total control over how you paint in those pixels.

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Peter Wydmuch

Hi Excellent tutorial a lot I’m familiar with but have always have had trouble, you have shown me how to do it properly. I don’t care how long it takes but it must be right. You are one of 4 really good teachers I am aware of , Deke Mclelland, Julieanne Kost, and Arron Nace. You, Jesus explain things in detail and give an explanation how Photoshop works

sir caiden chaz

wow its really magic hahaha keep up…..


Hi, I need to know what version of Photoshop you are using in this tutorial because it is different from my version. Thanks in advance.


Thank you bro
great tutorial


Best tutorial i have ever had on photoshop. Keep it up


this is so boss dude it made me happy

Bob Anderson

I think my wife is cheating on me. Anyway, a nice tutorial! I used it to edit her out of the wedding photos.


Hi Jesus, and thank you for your excellent tutorial videos that are undoubtedly the best way that I’ve ever seen. Thanks for your time and everything.
I have a request. I’ll appreciate if you can upload the training files somewhere. Or if you’ve already done it could you please lead me to find them?
Thanks in advance.

Bob Craig

can you tell me where you got those images


Thank you for sharing your knowledge! It helps a lot.


Wow thanks so much for this tutorial!