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Jul 15, 2013

Remove People From The Background Of A Photo In Photoshop

Remove People From The Background Of A Photo In Photoshop

Sometimes people get in the way while you’re taking photos. You can’t always shoo them away, but you can take them out in post-production. In today’s episode we show you how to make it look like they weren’t even there with the clone stamp tool.

Clone Stamp Tricks

If you want an instant preview of what your clone stamp will look like, go to window > clone source and make sure “show overlay” is checked. This will make it much easier to line up patterns like the one in the brick wall we’re working on.

If you don’t want this option on all of the time, you can simply hold alt+shift while sampling your clone stamp and line things up before painting.

Now, some of the areas we’ve stamped aren’t blending in as well as we’d like them to. We can fix this by clone stamping over the edges, but this time with a flow of 20%. This maintains the pattern of the wall while evening out the lighter and darker areas.

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    Rubén Chase

    The only thing that’s wrong with it, it’s the fact that in the shadow, the number of weights is still the same. Great episode!

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    Jim Karczewski

    You also have a bar alingnment issue you didn’t address on the right side of the photo where you added more weights…

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    Jim Karczewski

    And you left part of the pipe, or slider in along the right side of his calf.. Sorry, I’m a nitpicker. 😛

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    Nick Moore

    Thanks for a great episode as always Aaron – I had just taken this picture on the south coast of England and wondered whether I could do anything with it and within the hour your episode notification arrived. Serendipity. The dog’s hair a problem though…

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    Jo

    Possibly stupid question but…every time I try to clone in a new layer it tells me that the layer is empty. Is there a setting I need to change? Thanks

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      Devaughn DC Image Phillip

      I believe you clone sample from your original layer while its selected, then select the new layer
      and start to paste

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      Fernando Lobos

      You should change “current layer”, and select “current and below” or “sample all layers” at the Sample module, wich is available when you use clone stamp tool. The same for healing brush tools.

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    Lars Christiansen

    That is how I did it before I knew phlearn 🙂 It’s way easier to change the setting to “current & below” like Fernando explained above, Give it a try!