Get ready for some more Photoshop magic.
In this guide, we’ll talk about how to eliminate distracting elements from a photo in Photoshop.
Let’s get started:
- Duplicate the layer by pressing Ctrl+J or Cmd+J on a Mac. Rename the file that you’d like to edit.
- Select the lasso tool and select the area that you wish to remove. It doesn’t have to be too precise. You can press shift to select more elements from the photo.
- Keep the selecting active and choose Edit >Fill >Contents:
- Select ‘Content-Aware’ and make sure Color Adaptation is checked
- Press Ok
- Press Ctrl+D or Cmd+D on a Mac and you’re done.
Photoshop will automatically study the surrounding area and select the pixels that will replace your selection. This technique works best when you have a simple background.
If you have a complicated background then you will need to opt for another technique. If such is the case, then follow this guide:
- Duplicate the layer you wish to work on.
- Choose the Path Tool from the selection menu.
- From the top, make sure you have these settings:
- Patch: Normal
- Select Source
- Click and drag and select the area that you wish to replace.
- Keep the selection and select the area you’d want to sample from.
- Press Ctrl+D or Cmd+D once you’re done.
- If there are still issues then you can continue to use the Patch tool to fix them.
If this is complicated then you can try The Clone Stamp Tool that lets you paint in duplicate pixels from your selected area. Here’s how it works:
- From the sample section above, choose ‘Current & Below’ or ‘All Layers’
- Select the areas you wish to copy pixels from and go to the area you wish to copy to.
- Use the bracket key ([) to change the size of the brush and you’re done.
You will be able to work on almost all photos by using one or a mix of the tricks explained above. For more complicated ideas, keep checking this space.