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Have you ever taken one of those photos that if only this or that wasn’t in the picture it would be spectacular? Well with Photoshop it is often very easy to remove unwanted objects. In this tutorial we will be using two different techniques to do just that.

Here is the photo that I will begin with. I realize that this is not the greatest picture in the world, but it will work well for this tutorial. If you would like to use the higher resolution version of this photo to follow along with the tutorial, you can find it here.

My goal for this picture is to remove everything that is man made. I just want it to be a picture of a lake with some trees and sky in the background. The first thing I am going to do is remove everything from the water. For this I will be using the Clone Stamp Tool.

With the Clone Stamp Tool selected, choose a place on the picture to begin sampling by alt clicking the area. Since I am dealing with water and perspective I will begin painting directly horizontal from my sample point to maintain this perspective. I am using a soft round brush. You will have to vary the brush size depending on the resolution of your picture.

Notice how once you start painting there are cross hairs showing the point at which you are sampling. Also notice how they move with you as you paint. I will paint out all the areas in the water except the ones right near the shore for now. I am also painting over the sun reflection that the boat on the right is causing. Resample as often as necessary to get it to look natural.

I am going to use a smaller brush size that is not quite as soft for right along the shore line. I have the hardness set at 50%. This will still allow a smooth blend while not bleeding over onto the shore itself.

To cover up the man made structures on the shore and make it look as if there are just trees there, I am going to use the Pattern Stamp Tool. The first thing you will want to do is sample an area that will be used to create the pattern. Select your area using the Rectangular Marquee Tool.

Now choose Filter/Pattern Maker and the Pattern Maker window will pop up. Click “Use Image Size” and then click “Generate”. Click the “Saves Preset Pattern” button and give your new pattern a name. I am naming mine “trees”. Click OK. Click cancel in the Pattern Maker window. Hit Ctrl+D to deselect the Marquee Tool selection.

Now select the Pattern Stamp Tool. The pattern you just created should already be selected. You can check this by opening the Pattern Picker at the top of the window. Select your pattern from the drop down.

Now you’re ready to begin painting your pattern. I am using a soft round brush. With the brush soft it will bleed over a bit into the water when I paint along the shore line, but in my case it is ok because it gives the effect of reflection on the water. You may have to play with the size and hardness depending on your project.

I am always astonished at how well this works. Amazing!

And here is the finished product.

Before and after.