By Lesa Snider

When it comes to removing objects in your pictures, nothing (yet) beats the power of Adobe Photoshop CC. If you’ve got plenty of background pixels surrounding the thing you want to zap, you can quickly send it packin’ with the Fill command’s Content-Aware option. But what if you need to use another area of your photo for the fix instead of surrounding pixels? That’s where the Patch tool shines. In this column, you’ll learn how to use both options safely, without destroying your original image. (As of this writing, Photoshop Elements’ Fill command has a content-aware option, but it lacks a Patch tool.)

Removing objects with Content-Aware Fill

Open an image with a medium-to-large sized object to delete, like this light post. To ensure you’ve got plenty of background pixels for Photoshop to work with, do the pixel-zapping before cropping. If you’re working with a single-layered document, duplicate the layer by pressing Command-J. If you have multiple layers, activate the topmost layer and create a stamped copy of all visible layers by pressing Shift-Option-Command-E.

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