Thursday, May 5, 2016

Removing Unwanted Objects in Photos Using Photoshop

Do-Something-Everyday, May 5 2016

There is nothing more annoying than seeing an unwanted object ruining a well composed photo. Take the photo above on the left side.  This is a photo that I took of the La Concha hotel in Key West, Florida.  I took the photo from across the street and I was able to capture the hotel fully in height and breadth. However, the photo is marred by a protruding traffic light on the right. Because of that, I had never been able to use the photo. But now, there is rescue available with the Content Aware feature in Photoshop Element. This feature has been available in the pricier Photoshop CS for a while but Adobe put it in PSE version 13. This feature is really a photo saver. Here is how you do it:

1. Open the photo you want to modify in PSE expert mode. Below is the photo from which I want to remove the traffic light sticking out on the right.

2. Click on the Lasso tool (under SELECT box on the left side). Use the tool to select the object you want to remove. It is okay to draw a rough border around the object. It does not have to be precise.

 3. Click on Edit > Fill Selection from the Menu bar. In the Fill Layer dialog box that opens up, select Content-Aware option in the Contents window. Click on OK button.

4. The selection is deleted and the area is filled with background information. Using the same process, remove other elements you do not want. See below.

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