Lightroom Tutorial: Remove Distracting Elements from Your Photos with Photoshop

Distracting objects and unwanted elements can often ruin an otherwise perfect photo. Fortunately, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop provide powerful tools for removing unwanted details from your images. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of removing distractions using Photoshop with Lightroom, allowing you to create flawless and visually appealing images.


Before you begin, ensure you have the following:

  • Adobe Lightroom installed on your computer
  • Adobe Photoshop installed on your computer
  • A photo containing an object or element you want to remove

Step 1: Import and Develop Your Photo in Lightroom

  1. Launch Lightroom and import the photo containing the distracting element.
  2. Double-click on the imported photo to open it in the Develop module.
  3. Use Lightroom’s Develop tools to enhance the overall look of your photo, adjusting exposure, contrast, white balance, and other settings as desired.

Step 2: Export Your Photo to Photoshop

  1. With the photo still open in the Develop module, go to File > Export.
  2. In the Export dialog box, set the Location to a folder on your computer.
  3. Under File Settings, choose Photoshop (PSD) as the Export Format.
  4. Optional: Adjust the Image Size, Color Space, and other settings as desired.
  5. Click Export.

Step 3: Remove the Distracting Element in Photoshop

  1. Open the exported PSD file in Photoshop.
  2. Identify the object or element you want to remove.
  3. Choose the appropriate removal tool based on the element and its surroundings. Common tools include:
  • Content-Aware Fill: Replaces the selected area with content similar to the surrounding pixels.
  • Spot Healing Brush: Blends the selected area with the surrounding pixels.
  • Healing Brush: Replaces the selected area with pixels from a nearby source.
  • Clone Stamp Tool: Replicates pixels from a specific area to the selected area.

4. Use the selected tool to carefully trace the object or element you want to remove.

5. Photoshop will automatically fill in the removed area with content that matches the surrounding pixels.

6. Refine the edges of the removed area if necessary using tools like the Eraser tool or the Refine Edge tool.

Step 4: Save the Photo from Photoshop

  1. Go to File > Save or File > Save As to save your photo with the distracting element removed.
  2. You can choose to save the file in the PSD format (for further editing) or in a different format, such as JPEG or PNG.

Additional Tips

  • Experiment with different removal tools to find what works best for your specific photo and the distracting element.
  • Use a tripod to minimize camera shake and ensure sharp images, especially when removing small details.
  • Save your work frequently to avoid losing progress.
  • Utilize Photoshop’s undo and redo features to experiment and refine your edits.

By combining the strengths of Lightroom and Photoshop, you can seamlessly eliminate distracting elements and create polished images that showcase your photography skills. Remember, the key to successful object removal is careful selection of the appropriate tool and precise application. With practice and patience, you can master the art of object removal and elevate your photography to the next level.