Remove telephone wires and other eyesores with the Healing Brush tool in Adobe Photoshop
Everyone’s moving to wireless these days, so why not your photographs? Electric wires spanning across an image are a real eyesore—but don’t despair. You can banish them with Photoshop’s Healing Brush tool!
For example, to digitally remove utility-pole wires from a photo, add a new layer above the layer you wish to edit. Select the Healing Brush tool from the Tools panel, and choose Current & Below from the Sample pop-up menu. This option enables you to sample edits from the original layer but apply edited pixels to the new layer, preserving the original. Adjust the brush size to suit the size of the area you wish to heal. In the case of removing wires, you need a brush size large enough to cover the individual wires, but not too large where you sample more pixel data then necessary. [Option]-click ([Alt]-click in Windows) an area of the sky beside one of the wires, and then release. Click on the wire next to where you sampled pixels, and Photoshop replaces the wire with pixels that match and blend into the surrounding area.
Continue applying edits one click at a time, or click and drag small strokes. You will need to resample periodically as the background pixels change, and you may have to adjust the brush size as well. As you remove wires, you may inadvertently remove foliage. Not to worry—use this same technique to heal areas of trees or leaves that you remove in the process. Working on a blank layer has another benefit—if don’t like any of the results, simply choose the Eraser tool from the Tools panel and erase those pixels!
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