Street photographers often end up getting unwanted subjects in their shots. It can be a street vendor, a dog, children running about or just an out of place object. While it’s best to take care of all this while composing your shot, more often than not, things aren’t precisely under your control, which often lands you up with a photo that would be so good if only that one object weren’t in the frame.
Well if you’re a photographer, the chances are that you’re already accustomed to Photoshop and Lightroom. The good news is, they can help you fix these issues as well. In this article, we’re going to see how to remove unwanted people and objects from our images.
Removing large unwanted objects
Step 1: Go ahead and load up the image you want in Photoshop. I’m going to use this photo of me trying to dab — trying being the keyword. Notice the person in the background? We’re going to try and remove him from the photo.
Step 2: Zoom in a bit and focus on what you want to remove.
Step 3: Choose a selection tool and start outlining your object. In this case, I’ll use the magnetic lasso tool and outline this person.
Often the thing you’re trying to remove will have a hazy outline and the magnetic lasso tool might not work as well. You can see that the outline is quite sketchy in my case as well. For such cases, you might want to select using the lasso tool manually.
Step 4: Right-click on your selection and choose Fill
Step 5: Select Content-Aware in the ‘Use’ field. The default blending option works well for the most part but feel free to go ahead and change it if you’re feeling experimental.
Hit OK when you’re done.
Step 6: Witness magic happening in front of your eyes as Photoshop just makes the object disappear from the frame. You might notice some weird glitching, especially if it’s a tight frame like ours. To fix this, simply use either the spot healing brush or the clone stamp tool. However, I’d say Photoshop did a pretty good job.
You can use the same technique with other objects as well. It works just as well.