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How To Remove Anything from a Photo in Photoshop

How to Remove anything from a photo in Photoshop

This Photoshop tutorial shows you different tools and techniques to remove anything from a photo. We will remove braces from teeth, make power lines disappear from an photo and even remove a person from a group in Photoshop. Combine these easy techniques to erase anything from your photographs.

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3 Different ways to remove anything from a photo in Adobe Photoshop

Let’s get started on removing a person from a photo. In today’s fast paced world, people change jobs or exit relationships quicker than the shutter on a digital camera. Ill show you how to get them out of the picture. Yes, terrible pun intended.

Remove a person from a photo in photoshop

Lets begin with the photo of 4 people, and 4 are about to become 3. The guy on the right is about to get erased.

Step 1.

(Optional) Duplicate the layer to have an unedited copy of the bottom in case we need to do any masking or repair. Drag to new layer icon to duplicate.

Using the Quick select tool, make a selection around the person to erase (or use the lasso tool if you like).

Step 2.

Press Shift+Return, (Shift+Backspace on Windows) This open the fill dialog box

Chose Content Aware and click ok

Most of the time, Content Aware Fill works great, but sometimes you get a result like this.

Step 3.

Have no fear, we can give Content Aware some directions. Choose Edit>Content Aware Fill (In Photoshop CC)

You will see this window. On the left is where we control what CAF (Content Aware Fill) uses. On the right is the preview.

Step 4.

Using the top left tool (on by default) Paint over the people.

Notice that only the green area is used to fill. It looks better, but there is a weird outline.

Step 5.

Using the Lasso tool, make a selection around the edges of our person, so CAF has more edges to blend with. (Initially I could have made a looser selection around out guy, but then you wouldn’t learn what to do when it goes wrong).

See how much better the edges look now. If you are lost, check out the video above, well, you really should watch out anyway as there’s a ton of info there).

Step 6.

To get rid of the lines in the middle, use the brush to exclude the baseboard.

By default Output is set to new layer. This is a safe way to go incase you need to change anything.

Click ok.

And here you can see the result, with the content aware on a new layer.

Step 7.

When you are happy with the result, merge the Content Are Layer into the layer beneath. Click the top layer and Press Cmd/Ctrl+E

Step 8.

Now, to fill in the gap, we need to move the couple on the left over.

Using the Lasso tool, make a selection around them. Keep it nice and loose, except for the woman in blue’s shoulder, because we want that to snug up against the woman on the far right.

Step 9.

Wait! If you move them over, you will be left with a hole. We need to move them and heal the hole where they were at the same time.  What to do?

Choose the Content Aware Move tool. (“Oh, that’s what its for?” “Yep”).

Slide our selection over to the right. There are 2 of them, its ok, trust me.

Step 10.

Press enter and the selection will be blended into the new area and the place where they were will be healed too.

You may still need to do a little clean up, but it’s easy.

I just used the Clone Stamp to clean up. Content-Aware or healing brush, work well too. (You are about to see healing brush in action)

How To Remove Power lines from Photos in Photoshop.

Here is the Las Vegas sign. I bet you didn’t realize it was covered with power lines? Lets ex them.

This technique is so simple, you will laugh, you will cry and you will wish you knew this before.

Choose the Spot healing brush.

Click once at one end of the power line. Hold down the Shift key and click on the other end of the power line.

A straight black line will appear for a second.

The line will disappear, and so will the power line. Nice!

In just a couple of seconds you can remove the lines.

How to remove braces from teeth in Photoshop

This is a super fast and unexpected way to remove braces.

After using the clone stamp tool and the healing brush, I finally realized something about teeth. They don’t have mush detail. IN fact I spent about 12 hours cleaning teeth last week.. in Photoshop. What were you thinking? I’m a retoucher, not a dentist. But this is the exact technique I use most of time on high-end work for Hollywood.

Step 1.

Choose the Brush tool and select a small, soft edged brush.

Create a new layer.

Step 2.

Hold Alt/Option and the brush will turn into an eyedropper. Click close to the area you want to paint to select the color.

Paint of the braces/filling, or anything else you want to remove.

Step 3.

Sometimes you may nice a different in shade from the top of the tooth to the bottom.

Here is how to blend the tones.

Hold alt/Option to sample the color.

Reduce the brush opacity to 20% (The 2 key on the keyboard will do it)

Paint over the area t blend using a low opacity (20% in this case) and eventually the tones will even out. as shown. Remember to keep sampling the new tone. Paint, sample, paint, sample.

Eventually it will be perfect.

Repear these steps for all the teeth and you are done. Just make sure to zoom innice and close as you work and take your time.

I really hope that you found this video and written steps useful and that this helps you remove things in photos and generally assists with your retouching. If it was helpful, please tell everyone about PhotoshopCAFE and share this tutorial on your social media.


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24 responses to “How To Remove Anything from a Photo in Photoshop”

  1. I immediately wondered when I first saw the photo- What if the man had not been completely behind the others- what if his elbow was in front?

    • Then you apply other retouching techniques that I have taught in other tutorials such as clone stamp.

  2. Thank you for this tutorial, but I was wondering if these techniques will work in Photoshop Elements 13?

  3. Hi Colin, you removed people on a white background. What if the background a landscape, a building etc … ?
    Thanks for reply

  4. Hi Colin, Your videos are great, thanks for your effort
    I did not realize that the click shift-click worked with the spot h/brush
    only new to Photoshop & you’re helped a lot. Cheers

  5. Colin, I love you man, but you use some techniques that are strange to me. The people picture, you drag the layer down to make another copy, when all you need to do, on a PC, is Control / J to make as many copies of the layer you want. on the braces, you say to hit Control / 1 to zoom in. when it is much easier to push Alt and roll the mouse wheel and zoom in as far as you want. I have done this kind of editing for a long time and while I do learn a lot from watching your videos, thing like these make me crazy when I see you do them. Once again, love ya man, but you can be a bit wacky.

    • Thanks for your comment, if you press Ctrl+J with a selection active, (as it is in the case) it will copy the selected area to a new layer and not duplicate the layer. Dragging to new layer icon allows you to dupe the layer without losing the selection 🙂 2nd suggestion, Cmd+1 goes to 100%/ Alt+ Scrolling on a mouse is a lot more effort to get to exactly 100% and also if you are using a Wacom pen, you can’t do that 😉 But, I’ll take wacky, if that means efficient 😉

  6. Removing straight line! A great tip! Thanks!. Here is my challenge! I take underwater photos and many have backscatter that creates white spots all over the picture. I have used the Spot healing brush ( takes for ever!) An the remove dust and spots but this tends to soften the photo. Any tips for an simple solution would be great

  7. Have loved you Photoshop tutorials. Thanks.
    Question: I need to make a Photoshop presentation like you do about colorization. How do you produce those videos to be presented to the audience?

  8. Can’t make your power line remover work.
    I have PS 2020, and using your technique, I don’t get a continuous line, I get a series of dots, which remove the areas under them, but leave the rest in place.
    Is it verson specific?

  9. Hi , i need help if its possible to do so i wil be very happy , i have 3 diffrent pictures father mother and daughter but i want to make it look like they are all together in one big picture as a family shot can you help me out pls ..
    if you can get back to me about this or know someone that does this sort of photoshop ..

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