You love photography. You could drive for hours, you could wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning, you could walk through swamps, only for the sake of taking a great landscape photo.

What if your best shots are spoiled by those ugly electric cables which seem to be everywhere? What if naughty tourists move unpredictably, spoiling your so long prepared picture?

There are remedies for removing unwanted items from your photos. One of them is a tool called Clone Stamp, which is built in many photo editors. I’m showing you now how it works in Adobe Fireworks, but the process is similar for all photo editors which include the function.

This is the initial photo:

Zalau cathedral

I’m bothered by the electric wire in the upper left corner and by those people gathering the rubbish. I’ll show you now how to get rid of the wire with the clone stamp tool (or Rubber Stamp Tool).

1. From the Tools floating menu, select Rubber Stamp Tool (see the arrow on the next picture).

Rubber Stamp Tool

2. On your photo, click on the sky, close to the wire we want to get rid of.

3. Now move the cursor horizontally and click on the wire. You’ll see a small section of the wire disappearing. Click again, a bit higher, and again. You’ll see that the tool copies the sky pattern corresponding to the first click, over the wire (see the area marked with red in the next photo):

Zalau cathedral photo 2

4. Repeat the operation for the entire wire. You can choose whatever pattern you like from the clouds, in such a way that it matches the neighbouring clouds. This is the final result:

Zalau cathedral photo 3

5. If you are not satisfied with the result, you can apply a blur to that former-wire area. I liked my result, so I didn’t feel the need to do this.

Did you know this tip? What do you currently use to get rid of annoying objects from your photos?

About the author

Violeta Matei is a freelance writer with a technical background. In the beginning of her working career, she had the opportunity to learn Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint and to apply these learnings in her daily work. She even wrote two e-books on the most useful keyboard shortcuts in Excel and in Word. Since embracing an online career path, Violeta has been writing detailed guides on using and troubleshooting Windows, MS Office and WordPress and she started to learn photography. Since she works from home, she shares various tips and tricks that can help people improve their life and make their homes better.