Published on April 15, 2023

How to move things with the patch tool?

In this blog I’ll show you a simple method to move something with the patch tool in Adobe Photoshop.

Rather watch the video with instructions? Then click here or scroll down to the end of this page.

This method works best if your photo doesn’t contain too much details. Otherwise Photoshop might not be able to fill it correctly. You can download the photo I used here.

Move something

Open the photo you want to edit. Then select the patch tool.

Make a selection around the object or subject that you want to move.

Select subject

Select ‘Destination‘. You can now move the selected subject. Photoshop will blend the background of the subject/object with the background of the new destination.

Move subject

When you’ve moved the object, press CTRL+D to deselect.

As you can see in the image above, the original subject is still visible. You want to remove that too.

To do that, make a selection around the object/subject again. This time select ‘Source‘. Again move the selected subject, but this time to a source that matches the area you want to fill. Photoshop will then fill this area.

Remove subject

If you look at the image below, you can see that the original subject is gone now!

Filled area

Press CTRL+D to deselect.

And that’s how you move something with the patch tool in Adobe Photoshop!

Move something

I now showed you how to move something with the patch tool, but you can also use the content-aware move tool. Want to know how to do this? Read this blog I wrote about that!

Learn more about Photoshop

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