I have the picture (file format: JPEG): enter image description here

I'm using Photoshop CC (2015.5.1). I'm trying to remove the building on the right side of the picture. It sticks up above horizon.

I tried to remove the building with a Smudge tool in Photoshop. But I don't think this is right. My result is not good. I don't know how to do it properly so that image is not affected heavily.

This is what I get using Smudge tool: enter image description here

How to properly remove unwanted objects that stick out above horizon?


As @Tetsujin suggested I used Spot Healing Brush. It worked perfectly. In my case it was better than Smudge tool. Result:

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The Spot Healing Brush is good in this kind of situation.
This is the result of a single click using it - not perfect in itself, but an easy starting point for any further correction you want to make.

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Make sure the brush surrounds the offending object with sufficient background around it to adequately identify the portion you wish to replace.

Edit: Brought up in another answer - ideally I'd have clone-stamped out the distraction lower right & cropped to expand on the cinematic feel it has, also centring the subject.
Very quick edit...

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Smudge tool and Spot Healing Brush both are good. Sometimes you need to use both for better results.

Basically, it depends on the complexity of the area you are working on. For ordinary ones, even MS Paint can do the trick.

It all depends on your skillness and practice. Try different options you will learn more.


Not sure I don't prefer the picture WITH the building on the horizon. But if you want it out, why not do this instead? The right-hand part of the picture had a weak sky and distracting foreground anyway.

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    Personally, I kind of like the cinematic feel. I'd have clone-stamped out the distraction lower right, then cropped 1:1.85 or so & centred the subject a bit.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 9, 2017 at 14:57

In this particular case, I would expect excellent results from the fill with content aware. It's also the easiest to do.

  • Select area around building
  • Right click (windows) and choose Fill...
  • Content-Aware

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