How to remove unwanted items in your photos
When taking photos, you often have to deal with various everyday obstructions that can ruin the final result. In a single street, the presence of pedestrians, electric cables and signboards can distract from the charm of your photo.
Fortunately, there is a solution for erasing these unwanted items from your photos, in a very natural way. This is a powerful algorithm, which can delete a chosen item in your photo and then reconstruct the original background. All of this is done in 1 click – out of sight, out of mind!
This is very simple to achieve, all you need to do is follow this tutorial, which shows you 3 techniques for deleting unwanted objects in your photos. If you don’t already own Photo Studio, you can click the button below to download a free version and access the erasing tools that we will use here.
Once your Photo Studio software is open, click the Photo Eraser module, where you will find the 3 photo erasing tools that we will use.
I) Use the Erase tool on photos with simple, solid backgrounds
Start by importing a photo from your PC by clicking Open in the Eraser menu. Once you have imported your photo, you can begin the following steps:
Step 1: Open the Erase tool, then choose lasso selection which allows you to trace a freeform outline.
Step 2: Holding down the left mouse-button, trace an outline around the item you wish to remove. Once you have finished your outline, release the mouse button.
Step 3: Finally, click Erase to start erasing, and in a few seconds, the item will disappear.
The below GIF summarizes the first 3 steps:
Important: If your background has become blurred, it could mean that Erase is not the most suitable method for your photo. In the next section, we will look at a second tool, which allows you to remove items in a photo with a more complex and detailed background.
II) Use the Correction Patch tool on photos with more complex backgrounds
The Correction Patch works by replacing one item in your photo with another.
Step 1: Open the Correction Patch tool, then choose lasso selection which allows you to trace a freeform outline.
Step 2: Click the Destination button, which allows you to select an item and replace it with the area that you move your outline to cover.
Step 3: Hold down the left mouse button and trace the outline of the item you wish to remove. Once you have finished your outline, release the mouse button.
Step 4: Hold down the left mouse button and move the selection area. Once you have found the ideal replacement area, you can release the mouse button. You can also zoom in using your mouse’s pointer, to be as precise as possible.
The below GIF summarizes the 4 steps that we have just covered for the Correction Patch:
Important: By choosing the source button instead of the destination button, you can duplicate an object instead of removing it (for example, you can make a double of the woman on the beach).
III) Use the Clone Stamp tool to replace an item by cloning
For the third technique to remove unwanted items from your photos, we will use the Clone Stamp, which makes it possible to clone an item or a whole section in a photo.
As with the Correction Patch, you can use this tool to duplicate an object or to make it disappear by reproducing (cloning) part of the background yourself. This is what we will do here. In the below GIF, the power cables are in the way and we will make them disappear by reproducing part of the sky over the top.
Step 1: Staying in Eraser, open the Clone Stamp tool.
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. Then, while holding down the mouse button, go over all the cables. If the sky looks too light or too dark in relation to the rest of the photo, click Source to duplicate again and choose a section of sky closer to the cables you are removing.
You have now mastered the 3 techniques for removing items in photos. If you would like more visual explanations, you can watch the video tutorial below which perfectly sums up how to remove unwanted items in your photos.
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