Removing Unwanted Objects from Photos

Removing Unwanted Objects from Photos

Unwanted elements can compromise an otherwise eye-catching photo. This tutorial you show two quick and easy ways in PaintShop Pro to remove distractions or undesirable objects from otherwise clear skies, water, or other backgrounds.


You will learn how to:

  • Use the Object Remover tool to remove an object from an image.
  • Use the Smart Carver tool to cut out a section of an image.

The Object Remover tool is a quick and easy way to remove distractions or undesirable objects from otherwise clear skies, water or other uniform areas.

In this example, we will remove the seagull from the sky in this photo.

1.  First, open the image in PaintShop Pro and make sure that you are in the Edit Workspace.


2.  Next, click on the arrow beside the Clone tool to expand the menu.



3.  Select the Object Remover tool.

4.  Drag around area you want to remove


5.  On the Tool Options palette, click the Source mode button.


Position the rectangle over a sample area that will replace the unwanted part.


6.  Next, click Apply button.


7.  Right-click to de-select the area.


It’s just that easy to remove a distraction or unwanted portion of an image using the Object Remover tool in Corel PaintShop Pro.


Another method of removing objects in PaintShop Pro is with the Smart Carver tool.



In this example, we will remove one of the trees and the balloons from this image because they’re distracting and we want the focus to be on the bride rather than the background.

1.  To do this, go to the Image menu and click on Smart Carver.


If you’re using this tool for the first time you may have a Corel Guide pop up screen which explains the purpose of the tool.  Simply close this window to continue.


2.  Select the Remove brush, set the brush size and brush over the area you wish to remove.


3.  Next, select the Preserve brush and paint around the areas you want to remain intact.


4.  You don’t have to cover the entire image with the preservation brush, just outline the objects you want to keep safe from alteration.


5.  Click the Auto-contract Horizontally button and then click OK.


Now the image is perfect and nobody will ever know that there were distractions there in the first place.


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Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (11)

  • Henry Insanemicrocker Stratearrow Reply

    Can a sticker or emoji blocking a picture be removed… I would like to show a picture to illustrate what I meant but unfortunately I I can’t… No space for the upload of image

    February 5, 2020 at 1:49 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Henry,

      While you can use the clone brush to replace the emoji with other content and reconstruct what has behind it, the emoji has replaced whatever pixels were behind it unless it is a multi-layer image format – unlikely outside of a photo editor! Depending on what is covered, it may be easier to find the original, pre-emoji image rather than trying to reconstruct it in post.

      Discovery Center Team

      February 6, 2020 at 7:09 pm
  • Myron Reply

    I recently purchased the X9 version. I find that the learning curve is a little hard for me to climb. What is annoying is that some significant changes which were made from the X8 version are not covered by any X9 tutorials and Corel provides X8 tutorials instead, which don’t offer any relevant information to the new version….

    August 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm
  • IVOR EVANS Reply

    On the background remover I cannot quite grasp the part where you transfer the
    new sky to the photo when I try to transfer the sky the whole photo change
    Can you please explain in more detail

    July 6, 2016 at 5:24 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Ivor,

      It sounds like you are adding the sky to a layer above the original photo! When creating a new layer in the image you are replacing the background of, make sure it is below the main photo layer in the layers docker on the right. Here is a tutorial that is specifically about the background eraser tool which you may find helpful in learning more:

      Hope this helps,
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      July 6, 2016 at 11:01 am
  • Derek Christie Reply

    Thank you for such clear explanations. This has removed the “fear factor” from use of the tools!

    July 4, 2016 at 2:20 pm
  • kay bowley Reply

    can i have that in writing, lol please to much to remember hope i can find the info to print and learn wow that was awesome i have a lot to learn psp , would love to print it off and study it and learn from there step by step a lot easier for me please thanks kay

    June 30, 2016 at 6:19 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Kay,

      Thank you for the feedback! While we do not currently have a downloadable version, there is a written tutorial below the video which you can use to review while practicing using these tools. Just click the arrow next to ‘View the Written Tutorial’ to expand it.

      June 30, 2016 at 10:28 am
  • Hallie Dodd Reply

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ………. now that I’ve been watching more tutorials. All I can say is wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww …. can’t wait to REALLY dig into my photos. 🙂

    June 27, 2016 at 9:00 am
  • Ruby D. Adams Reply

    It would be nice to have closed caption for the deaf to follow the action on the screen during the tutorial.

    June 16, 2016 at 10:09 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Ruby,

      Thank you for the feedback! We are always looking for ways to improve our videos, and have passed this on to our tutorial team for their consideration.

      In the meantime, you can activate Google’s auto-generated closed captions using the CC button that appears in the lower right of a playing video when mousing over it. While their accuracy is not always perfect, it does allow you to read along with a video!

      June 16, 2016 at 11:50 am

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