Photo Editing Tip: Removing Fuzz from Product Photos

It happens to everyone. You take a series of photos, and download the images. You find the best photo of the bunch, and there it is. Ugh, a stray fiber! (or fuzzball or even just a light reflection or spot from dust floating in front of your lens). And you have two choices - use the blemished imperfect photo or retake the images. 

Or how about a third option - editing the unfavorable item out? I rolled this hair clip around on some fluffy fabric to get it fuzzy so I could demonstrate how to easily remove blemishes from an image! 

This is a super easy way to fix most minor blemishes in photo editing programs! Using the cloning tool (sometimes called a rubber stamp tool) you can essentially erase the fuzz from this photo (don't forget to actually remove fuzz or hair from the product, though!) This technique that I will be demonstrating in Photoshop basically copies an area of your photograph and pastes it where you choose. Pixlr and  PicMonkey are free editing programs that also have this feature available! 

Start by selecting the cloning tool (which resembles a rubber stamp), and make sure you have an appropriate brush size. You can change the brush size and shape on the menu at the top.

Next, you will need to define your "source point," the area that you will be copying. To select the source point, hold the ALT key while clicking on the area of the photograph you will be copying/cloning. A plus sign will appear at the source you selected. The circle is the cloning brush. The area inside this circle is what will be replaced.

Zoom in on your product photo and carefully eliminate any fuzz or blemishes that appears on your image. Remember, that if you make mistakes you can always go back in the image history or click Edit>Undo (or press CTRL+Z to quickly undo your last step). 

The cloning tool can take some practice to perfect, but is an easy way to fix minor issues.

Note: It is never okay to edit out actual blemishes on your product like stains, discolorations, rips or loose threads from product photos. This tutorial is intended solely to help you remove fuzz, floating dust spots, or the random stray fiber that floated into your product photo shoot. You should always use a lint remover on products before photographing items (which reduces the need to edit them) and before shipping them as well - always present your products in the best way possible!  
Did you find this post helpful? What other photo editing tips would you like to see? 


  1. Great tip! Thank you so much for posting this!

  2. Excellent tip, I use GIMP, but the tool works exactly the same!

  3. The Clone Tool is my friend lol Great post!