How To Remove ANYTHING From a Photo In Photoshop
In this video I'm going, to show you how to remove anything, from a photo in Photoshop. Hi. I'm mrs. Ramirez from the Photoshop training channel in this, video I'm going to show you how to remove distracting, elements from a photo using, three different techniques the. First two techniques will help you with basic object, removals but, what the third technique we're really going to get our hands dirty and tackle a complicated, task but, I'm going to divide it up into small digestible chunks, so, that you can follow along okay let's. Get started we're, gonna work with this image we have a couple walking on the beach and we have a photo bomber and if we wanted to remove this photo bomber from the photo we, could do so very very easily, first, duplicate. The layer to work non-destructively. You can press ctrl J command J on the Mac and we can call that layer edit. Then. You can select the, lasso, tool and with the lasso tool we can just simply freehand, a selection, so we're gonna freehand, a selection, around the, photo bomber and it, doesn't have to be very precise, as. Long as you go around her but. Having. Said that try, to keep as much of the. Original background as you can so, you can hold alt option, on the Mac and click and drag to. Subtract. From, the selection, and. By the way if you hold shift you. Add to, the selection and once again alt, option, on the Mac and click and drag you subtract from the selection with. The selection active, you, can go into edit. Fill. And, we're going to select content, aware from, the drop-down and make. Sure that you have color adaptation, checked and press. Ok then. I'm going to press ctrl D command D to deselect and, notice. That almost like magic Photoshop, removes that photo bomber in the way that the content-aware technology, works is by analysing, the pixels, that are surrounding. The selection, and it, uses that information to, generate the pixels, that are going to go inside of that selection so. Photoshop, does a great job in guessing what would be behind this person and this. Technique works best with a simple background like, the one we have in this example, so. That's. Before, and after, and by, the way if you're interested to find out more about the content of our technology, I made a series, of videos dealing. With all the different tools that use content-aware, including, the content the word fail if you're, interested in watching that series I'll post a link down below in the description so for. The next example we're going to use, this image here of Venice, and I'm, gonna zoom in and, what we want to do is remove this group of people that are sitting here so.
What. I could do is I could try to do what I just did use the content aware fill but. As you will see it won't give us a results that we're looking for so, let me just make a really, quick selection, and go. Into edit, fill. Content-aware. And, notice. That Photoshop didn't, do that good of a Java this time it included elements that I do not want to have in the photo so I'm going to press ctrl, alt Z command option Z on the Mac to undo and. Actually. To work non-destructively, I'm going to duplicate, this, layer so, I'm gonna press ctrl, J command J on the Mac then, we're going to use a different tool in the, tool that we're going to use is this, tool here, called the, patch tool which is nested, under the Spot Healing Brush tool also, make sure that, normal. And source. Are selected. Then. I'm going to click. And drag and make a selection. Around. The pixels, that I want to replace. The. Selection active I'm gonna zoom out and look for an area to sample from so, it looks like this area is very similar to the area where they're sitting on so I'm going to click and drag over to that side and you can see the preview, inside of the selection, and I, can try to match it as best as I can when, I'm happy with the area. I can just release and then press ctrl D command D to deselect and, notice that Photoshop did a much better job the. Reason that I didn't select this side here is that, there's a shadow from. This lamppost so I didn't want to duplicate that the. Edit wasn't perfect and it was mainly because I didn't drop the selection, in the right area so I can try that again let me click. And drag and just try, to get a better closer, match so. Maybe something like that ctrl, D command D to deselect so that looks much better the, bricks align, better there's, issues like this area here but we could easily fix these, issues by. Just using, the patch tool on those specific areas then. I can double click on a hand tool zoom out and you can see that before in the, after another. Tool that I want to show you before we move on into the more complicated example, is the. Clone stamp tool which. Simply, allows you to paint. In duplicate, pixels, from another area so with. That tool selected, I'm gonna zoom in and create. A new layer to work on destructively and with. This layer I can. Make, sure that current, and below, are, selected. Or all layers it really doesn't matter in this example so, I'll leave it on current pin below then. I can, just select areas. To copy pixels, from so if I wanted to remove this lamppost I can. Start. Maybe in this corner here and then. Use the bracket, keys on the keyboard to, increase the size of my brush and I can try to align. What. I just copied but I just sampled, this area here and. Align. It to the. Other window and then I can paint in. Those. Pixels, like so and, I know I'm getting a little of the shadow but that's okay.
And. Then. I can sample from a different area maybe this area here, and align. It as best as I can and, paint. Away. The. Rest of the lamp, like. So. And. I'm, not gonna spend too much time in this example because the example that I really, want to show you is the one after this but, you can see how you can start painting things away now that struck tively using the clone stamp tool and this, is basically what we did, in just a couple minutes really. Quickly we were able to remove that lamppost, then there's, a couple details there that again we're not gonna spend the time on now because I want to spend more time in the next example so. We're gonna work with this image here and what we're trying to do is remove the truck from the background so. First. Of all we want to work on under struct of Lee so I'm gonna press ctrl, J command J, on the Mac twice, duplicate, the layer 2 times the. Layer on top will be the. Model and the. Layer below that will, be the background. And. Just. Like with a lot of things in Photoshop, I like to separate my elements, so that they're easier to control so, even though we're gonna work with a single, image we're, still gonna use different layers to control, different elements, and I think that makes it easier to work with so. Now. That we have, these. Two layers set up I'm gonna select. My model layer and then, click on the quick selection tool you, can click and drag and make a selection around the model if you're working with Photoshop CC, and newer you, can click on select. Subject, while, the quick selection tool is selected in, Photoshop. We'll, make a selection based, on whatever it, thinks those main subject, is in this case the model and Photoshop, that's a fairly good job it's not gonna be perfect you can click and drag to add to the selection and you can also subtract. From the selection by. Holding alt, option on the Mac and clicking. On areas. That shouldn't be selected, like, these areas there and by the way the selection, doesn't need to be perfect as long as you mask out the areas, near the distractive. Object, you should be fine I'm gonna zoom in and just make sure that it's selected the bracelet, and miss one, piece but overall it did a really good job I'm. Gonna create. A layer mask and, now. We have a layer that just contains the model and, now. We're. Gonna create, a layer that only contains the background, to, do so I'm gonna, use the model, layer mask so, I'm going to hold ctrl, that's come in on the Mac and click, on the layer mask thumbnail, to, load the layer mask as a selection, notice. That my model, layer is disabled, and I'm, going to select the background layer, but. The background layer selected, I'm gonna, go in to select, modify. Expand. And this is gonna make my mask larger. And I'm, going to expand, it by 5 pixels, but this may be different, for you depending, on the size of your photo this, is a fairly large image, so, I'm using 5 pixels in some cases you may need 2 or maybe even 3 so, we'll go for 5 in this case but, the point is that. Now I have that. Space in between my subject, in the background. With the background selected, I'm. Going to hold shift and, backspace to, bring up the, fill window. Then. Under, contents, I'm going to select content aware make. Sure the color adaptation, is checked and press. Ok, in, Photoshop, is going to, remove. The model from, this photo it's not gonna do a perfect, job but that's okay we're gonna continue. Building, upon this. Background to, just create a clean background for our model so, we, have a background, in a model layer what. I'm gonna do now is look at my photo look. At the pixels that I need to replace then, look at the pixels in the photo that I can use to clone, copy, or somehow, use, to, cover the car so, right. Off the bat I'm noticing that I have these columns here 1 column 2 3. 4, & 5 in this, column we, can pretty much use, the whole thing then. We have these windows so I'm probably gonna use this window here to, replicate, it at least three, times to. Use in these three areas then.
We Have this. Sign. I'm, not really sure what that is but it looks like some sort of advert but, we can copy it and place, it on the other side then. We also have to duplicate parts of the street and I'll start there because I think that's the easiest place, to start and that's what you have to do in your photo look, at the contents, and see, what you can take and duplicate, I'm, just going to create a selection. Using the rectangular, marquee tool. Then. I'm going to press ctrl J command J in the Mac to duplicate, that so. Now I have, this. Duplicate, one, thing that I should have mentioned and, I'll, undo. That so you can see it is that, when I selected, the rectangular marquee tool I had a feather of three pixels that means that the edges will not be sharp they're, gonna be blurry three, pixels and I left that value, on purpose, because I don't want sharp edges I want smooth edges so when, I copy something, and I paste it somewhere else I won't see that sharp edge so, once, again ctrl, J command J to duplicate, and I. Have that. Piece right there. And I'm. Gonna move it over to this side, now. Obviously the colors don't match but we can fix that I can create a levels. Adjustment layer clip. It to the layer below it so that the only thing the levels adjustment layer affects, is the strip right below it so notice how if, I make an adjustment it only affects that. Strip so, I can click on the black point and drag it to the right until, it. Matches the luminance, of that. Area, then. With, the layer mask selected I can press ctrl, I command I, on the Mac to invert to. Make the layer mask black, which. Will hide the adjustment, then. With. The brush tool selected, you can paint with white, to, reveal, the effect only, on certain areas. Then. I can select both layers if, I hold shift and click on both layers hit selects them ctrl, e command key on the Mac to merge into. One layer, so, now I can simply use the move tool click and drag to the right to. Duplicate, as I hold alt. So. When you hold alt and you have the move tool selected and, you drag something you'll drag a duplicate, I'm gonna hold shift click, on the top and bottom layer to select them all then. I'm going to press ctrl, e command. E and the Mac to merge the three layers into. One, then. I'm gonna create a layer mask and paint, with black in, these, areas to reveal the original background. And if, something needs to be a little bit darker like this area here you, can do what we did a little earlier create a levels, adjustment layer make, sure that it's clipped and. Just. Make a darker, and, then select the layer mask, ctrl. I command I to invert and, paint. With white on the layer mask to reveal that. Effect in that area, remember. Layer, mask hide and reveal pixels, black, hides in white reveals with. An adjustment, layer you're. Hiding, the adjustment, or revealing, it so we're painting with white to, reveal, that, adjustment in, this tutorial I don't need multiple layers so I'm going to merge down by pressing ctrl, e so. Now it's one layer and that's good now we're going to work on the windows and there's something I want to show you first, we're, going to create a new layer then select the clone stamp tool and, we can copy this, window but watch what happens if I hold alt option on the Mac and click it. Will set a clone, source that, means that that's the area that we're going to copy pixels, from and when you paint it, creates an exact copy as you would expect we. Can actually change. How the clone stamp tool copies. Pixels, we can invert those pixels, horizontally vertically. Scale, and do all sorts of things and let, me show you what I mean by that if you, go into window, clone. Source you. Can click. On this button here to, flip. The clone horizontally. So that means that if I come in here and hold. Alt option on the Mac and click to, sample from that point notice. How now it inverts, it horizontally. And I can paint. Horizontally. And you can see the target that's. What I'm sampling from that little plus X icon, that's, moving along the, paintbrush notice. That if I go right it moves left, if, I move left it goes right, that is because Photoshop is inverting, the sample, source horizontally. So, it allows me to just. Paint in or. Suddenly. Like so. I'm. Going to double click on the hand tool so.
That's Before, and after, what, I'm gonna do now is zoom. In here and continue working on this area I'm. Gonna disable. The, flip make. The. Clone. Stamp to a smaller by tapping on the left bracket, key on the keyboard and I'm just gonna make sure that. Everything. Here looks right, and. Obviously when you're working on your image spend, a little more time working on the details so. There, we go that's, before. And after. What. I can do now is, make. A copy, of. This. Area. Here. Edit. Copy. Merge. Edit. Paste. And just, move. It to, the right right. About. Here. And, I. Can just merge these two onto a layer so you have one layer there and, let. Me zoom in and I'm, going to select the clone stamp tool and I'm gonna use it to fix this, middle, column so, I'm gonna sample from the column next to it by holding alt clicking. And then start painting on the other side and remember, that it doesn't need to be perfect, because some of these areas are gonna be covered by the model. C. And. I'm going to drag the, windows layer below the road layer that. Way the road helps, cover some of those pixels so. Actually. You know what what I'll do is I'm just gonna select both these layers and just press ctrl e commanding, in the Mac just, to put them on one single layer now, I'll work on the sidewalk so, I'll hold alt and click to, sample from this area and then. Paint away these imperfections, and. I'm going fairly fast just to try. To get through all of it in, a. Reasonable amount of time so. You. Can see that how it's starting to look, much much better already and. For. This part. I'm. Just going to duplicate this area so. I'm. Gonna select it with the. Rectangular marquee tool, and. I'm. Holding shift to, add to the selection and then, go into edit copy. Merge. Edit. And paste. And. Move. This over to the other side. Bring. Down the opacity and. Then. Move it left, and right accordingly, using, the arrow keys on the keyboard, increase. The opacity into 100%, and. Hold. Alt option on the Mac and it, goes away so when you hold alt option, on the Mac and create, a new layer mask the layer mask becomes, black so it hides all the contents, then.
You Can select the brush tool and paint with white when. You want to reveal. Those. Areas, like, so just. Don't want to reveal the entire layer just certain, areas I think it looks better I'm, going to merge all the layers together so, I'll hold shift click on, them to select them when. They're selected, I'll press ctrl, e to, merge them into one layer now. Let's focus on the remaining pillars, that is a very simple job we can simply, select. Pixels. To clone from and, continue, cloning, it's. Just a repetitive. Task I'm not going to spend too much time and, be. Perfect. You can be perfect on your images, but, you can see that even going, fairly, quickly here I'm getting really good results, and. I'm sampling from that area and then just cloning. In. Pixels. Like so. I wanna. Zoom out and, it. Looks like I miss one piece, right here and when, I do this type of work usually I have my left hand on the Alt key and I'm, sampling, from many different places and painting, so. As before-and-after. This. Is what it looks like without the model and, what. I'm gonna do now is merge, this, layer, onto. The layer below so, now we have, just, a single background layer and. Notice. How the reflections, keep repeating themselves one. Thing that you can do to fix a problem like this is to select, the clone stamp tool and just. Copy, areas. And paint, over the areas that are obvious. That are repeating, like, in this panel here. And, again. In your image spend, a little more time duplicating, things and seeing, what pixels repeat and just, get rid of those but in this tutorial I'm not gonna spend too much time on that. So. I'm gonna zoom out and. Now we're gonna work on the layer mask or the model layer but, before we do that we need to remember where, the car was and it, was in this area here. So. I'm gonna select everything then, press ctrl, G command G, on the Mac to, put those layers into a group and I'll call it edit then, I'll create a layer mask and I'll paint with black to. Reveal, the original, pixels, found in the background and I'm. Doing so because. I don't want to keep using the pixels, that I duplicate it over and over again because it'll be obvious that it's duplicate, so, I'm trying to use as many of the original pixels, as possible. In. An, areas where we have a car obviously that's the areas that we really want to fine-tune this election so, the only areas that I really want to focus on are the areas that are really close to the model there and, I'm. Gonna do that in the model layer so, in the model layer I'm gonna, hide. These. Pixels, away and obviously this is where you want to spend a lot. Of your time fine-tuning. The selection, so that it's more believable, and. This, is why I like this method because I can paint with black on that layer mask hide. The edges in the background, comes through so, those are the basic, steps from removing, a distracting, object from a photo please. Let me know in the comments below what you learn by watching this video and don't forget to click on that subscribe and, notification. Buttons thank.
You So much for watching and I'll, see you in the next tutorial.