Photoshop: Removing People or Objects

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One of the many popular features in Adobe Photoshop is the ability to remove people or other objects from a photograph. Here is how you do it:

  1. Select the Zoom tool.
  2. With the Zoom tool selected, click and drag so that a marquee surrounds the object you want to remove. Photoshop zooms in on that image.
  3. Select the Pen tool.
  4. Select Paths on the toolbar.
  5. Click at short intervals until you have surrounded the object you want to remove.
  6. When you get to where you started click in the box that started your path.
  7. Right-click anywhere inside the path. The Make Selection dialog box opens.
  8. Make sure Anti-aliased is selected. Anti-aliasing creates a nice smooth outline around your object.
  9. Click OK to create a path around your object.
  10. Press the Delete key. Your object is gone.
  11. Choose Select > Deselect from the menu to remove the selection. You have removed an object from your photograph.

Now than the object is gone, you want to fill in the area where the object was. To do that:

  1. Select the Lasso tool.
  2. Drag with the Lasso tool to create a selection that looks similar to what would have been in the picture if the object had not been there.
  3. Choose Select > Feather from the menu.
  4. Enter 5 in the feather radius field. Feathering will help the patch you are creating blend into the photo.
  5. Click OK.
  6. While clicking anywhere inside the selection, hold down the Ctrl-Alt key and move the selection until it cover the area you want to fill.
  7. Choose Select > Deselect from the menu.
  8. Repeat steps 2 through 8 until you have filled in the image.
  9. Right-click on the image.
  10. Choose Zoom Out from the menu.

You have removed the person or object from your photograph.

 

Figure 4.1 Before

Figure 4.2 After

 


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