• Remove Distractions from Portraits using AI in Photoshop

  • by Aaron Nace
    April 18, 2024
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Conquer distracting elements with the power of Photoshop’s AI tools! This tutorial we’ll show you how to use Generative Fill to seamlessly erase distractions, leaving your subject the star of the show.

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Removing objects and distractions from an image can help make sure the tone, composition, and subject are what stand out. We’ll show you how to achieve this in a few easy steps using Photoshop’s AI tools.

Selecting Distractions

1. Open your portrait in Photoshop.
2. Identify unwanted elements like objects or background clutter.
3. Grab the Lasso Tool (L key) and create a rough selection around the distraction.

Using Generative Fill

4. Once you select the distraction, the Generative Fill Bar will appear automatically.
You can also go to the top menu bar and find “Edit” > “Fill” > “Generative Fill”.
5. Click the Generate button. Photoshop will automatically detect you want to remove the selection and send it to the cloud for AI processing.

Choosing the Best Option

After a short wait, Photoshop will return several variations of the image with the distraction removed. Pick the version that looks most natural and blends seamlessly with the background.

Refine & Repeat

If there are more distractions, simply use the Lasso Tool to select them one by one and use Generative Fill again. It may not always perfectly remove everything. You can use the Lasso Tool again to refine the selection around remaining imperfections and run Generative Fill once more.

You are all set! With these steps, you can use Photoshop’s AI to remove distractions from your portraits, creating a cleaner and more polished final image.

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