How to remove something from a picture
How many times have you wanted to remove an object from a picture?
When taking photos, especially on the move, it can be difficult to get the perfect shot. You often have to deal with distractions sneaking into the background. In a single street, the presence of pedestrians, electric cables and signboards can hijack your othewise perfect photo.
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to edit something out of a picture using the tools in Photo Studio. We’ll show you 3 simple techniques to remove unwanted items without leaving traces on your photo. These are Erase, Clone, and Correction Patch.
If you don’t already own Photo Studio, click the button below to download a free version and test the erasing tools that we will use in this tutorial.
Open a photo in Photo Studio and click the Remove Objects tab. This is where you will find the 3 photo erasing tools that you can use to remove things from pictures.
To get started, click Edit. In the window that opens you’ll see 3 options in the right-hand panel: Erase, Clone Stamp and Correction Patch.
I) Erase tool – automatic object removal
The Erase tool uses a powerful algorithm to remove things from photos and automatically reconstruct the background.
It is the simplest tool to use and works best on photos with simple, solid backgrounds.
How to remove objects with the Erase tool
Step 1: Click the Erase tool in the right-hand panel, then choose lasso selection. This allows you to draw a free-form outline.
Step 2: Holding down the left mouse-button, draw an outline around the person or object you wish to remove. Then release the mouse button.
Step 3: Click Erase to start the removal process. After a few seconds processing, the object will disappear.
The below GIF summarizes the first 3 steps:
Note: If your background looks blurry or distorted after using the Erase tool, then this is probably not the most suitable method for your photo. In the next sections, we’ll look at two other tools, which allow you to remove objects from pictures that have more complex and detailed backgrounds.
II) Correction Patch tool – “patch over” unwanted objects
The Correction Patch works by replacing one area of your photo with another. You select an area you want to remove and then choose another part of the photo to “patch over” it. You can use the Correction patch on photos with more complex backgrounds as it allows you to match up areas of your photo when editing out an object.
How to edit something out of a photo with the Correction Patch
Step 1: Click the Correction Patch tool in the right-hand panel, then choose lasso selection.
Step 2: Click the Destination button.
Step 3: Holding down the left mouse button, draw around the object that you want to remove from the photo. Then release the mouse button.
Step 4: Click and drag the selected area to the part of the photo that you want to use as a patch. Then release the mouse button. You’ll see that the original selection area has been covered by a copy of the Patch area.
The below GIF summarizes the 4 steps for the Correction Patch:
Tip: Zoom in when moving the selection area to be as precise as possible when matching the background.
Read our full tutorial on the Correction Patch tool.
III) Clone Stamp tool – remove items by cloning
The third way to remove unwanted objects from photos, is to use the Clone Stamp. Similar to the Correction Patch, this tool lets you copy an area of your photo and “paste” it over the object you want to remove from the picture.
How to erase something from a picture with the Clone Stamp
In the example below, we’ll make the power cables disappear by reproducing part of the sky over the top.
Step 1: Click the Clone Stamp tool in the right-hand panel.
Step 2: Adjust brush size and hardness to the desired settings, then click on the small target icon: Source to duplicate.
Step 3: On the photo, click the sky that we will duplicate over the cables, this is our source point. Then, while holding down the mouse button, paint over all the cables.
If the cloned sky looks too light or too dark in relation to the rest of the photo, click Source to duplicate again and click a different section of sky closer to the cables that you are removing.
Now you know how to remove an object from a picture using 3 different techniques. Depending on the photo, you can also combine these removal tools to get the best results.
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