How To Remove an Object in Photoshop: All You Should Know

How to remove an object in photoshop
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Photoshop is a graphic design software developed by Adobe Systems for both Mac OS and Windows. As the name implies,  it allows users to edit, create, and manipulate photos or images of any kind, which could be a picture taken in the deep blue sea or artwork. The sole purpose of this software is to modify and perfect the selected image to the user’s specifications. Part of these specifications Includes removing an unwanted object from an image. But how do you go about this? In this article, I will be giving answers in the form of guidelines on how to remove an object in Photoshop.

How To Remove an Object in Photoshop

There are three major techniques you should know that have proven to be very effective when removing a distraction or object in Photoshop, and  they include:

  • Content-aware fill.
  • Clone stamp tool
  • Patch tool.

#1. Content-Aware Fill:

Content-aware fill is a very simple method, and it works by filling in the content instead of the color

  • Choose the photo you wish to work on.
  • Press the command ‘J’ on the keyboard.
  • After doing that, select the area or object you want to work on.
  • The easiest way to do that will be to use the Polygon Lasso tool.
  • The Lasso tool is located in the toolbar on the left side of the screen. Click on it.
  • Begin to click around the object to create a selection.
  • What’s left is to remove the selected area or object, and to do that, you select edit at the top of the screen.
  • It will open a menu of options. Go down to content, fill it in, and select it.
  • When the fill tool opens, proceed to choose ‘content aware.’
  • Click ok.
  • The series of commands gives Photoshop the go-ahead to use the surrounding pixels to replace the object.
  • Select it for a perfect job.

This way, you can easily remove photobombs.

#2. Clone stamp tool:

The method is a very good and effective one because, unlike the healing brush tool, it can be used for an image with either a simple or complex background, and it works by sampling one area of an image and painting over another. 

To use this technique, follow the listed instructions below:

  1. Open the image in Photoshop. 
  2. Create a new layer.
  3. Click on the ‘S’ key and hold it down to open the “Clone Stamp” tool.
  4. Go to ‘Window’ on the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  5. Select ‘Clone source.’
  6. After doing so, sample an area by holding down on the alt key of the keyboard and left-clicking on the area around the object you want to remove.
  7. Use the brush to brush over the object repeatedly. However, you can adjust the hardness of the brush by right-clicking.
  8. The object is then replaced by the area next to it.

#3. Patch Tool:

This is another great tool you can find in Photoshop, and it’s used for removing large objects from photos. However, when using the other selection tools, you can use the Patch tool afterward to totally remove the objects.

  • Open a sample image in Photoshop.
  • Duplicate the original image if you can to help you work non-destructively.
  • To locate the patch tool, navigate to the toolbar at the top left of the screen.
  • In the toolbar, you’ll see the Spot Healing Brush tool. Click on it.
  • This opens up a menu of other tools, including the Patch tool.
  • Click on the Patch tool.
  • Before using the tool, you might want to tweak the settings a little bit.
  • To do that, locate the Patch settings at the top bar of the screen.
  • In the drop-down menu, you’ll find the options ‘Normal’ and ‘Content aware’.
  • Set it to Normal’.
  • Next, there are two options on the top bar of the screen: ‘Source’ and ‘Destination’.
  • Click on ‘Source’ and circle around the object you don’t want.
  • While clicking on the image, make sure to drag it away. Release your hold to remove the object.
  • Hit the command ‘D’ button on the keyboard to deselect.

And this is how to remove an object in Photoshop. Following these techniques will help you better understand how the tools mentioned above work.

How Do I Remove Part of an Image in Photoshop?

Unlike the above guidelines with instructions on how to remove an object in Photoshop, This section involves knowing how to remove part of an image, which may involve you deleting the nose or other parts of a person in a photo just for humor’s sake. One way to do that is to use the eraser tool.

  • Select the Eraser tool (E).
  • Use the tool options bar to customize tool settings, like Size and Hardness, to get the effect you want.
  • Drag over the parts of the image you want to erase.

Note that the eraser tool can make pixels transparent and match them to the image’s background color.

How do I change the Background of an image in Photoshop?

You probably took a picture of someone or some object and are not entirely pleased with the background, mainly because it affects the artistic flow and message behind the photo.

 Well, in this section, we will go over a set of instructions to help you change the background in Photoshop at will.

Let’s get started.

#1. Remove the background

  •  Open the image in Photoshop.
  • Go to the ‘Select’ option on the top bar menu.
  • A menu with different options will drop down; click on the ‘Select and mask’ option.
  • The screen that opens up allows you to refine the selection.
  • Enable the ‘Quick Selection Tool from the toolbar by clicking on it.
  • Click and drag over the image. Photoshop automatically fine-tunes the edges over the areas that you picked.
  • Hold ‘alt’ on Windows. For Mac, hold the ‘Option’ key, then click and drag to deselect the areas you didn’t intend to select.
  • Click in the zoom tool and zoom into areas Photoshop could have missed.
  • Next, you enable the brush tool and click on the ‘add’ icon on the top bar of the screen.
  • Paint over any details Photoshop could have left out.
  • Fix the mask edge, and to do that, you will have to locate the Global refinement panel on the adjustable properties on the right side of the screen.
  • Tick Decontaminate Colors to remove any color fringe left in your selection.
  • There you will see different labeled sliders that will help with fine-tuning the edges.
  • In the Output settings, choose New Layer with Layer Mask and click OK. It will return to your main image, with your selection added as a new layer.

#2. Replace with a New Background

  •  Next, you paste in the image containing your new background.  
  • Place it on a layer just below the layer containing your foreground selection.
  • Use the hand tool to position the layer the way you want it.
  • Grab the sides of the image and drag it inward to make it smaller in size.
  • Match the colors, but to do so, you have to Go to ‘Image > Adjustments > Match Color.’
  • When the window opens, go to Source and select the image you’re working on. Under Layer select which layer you want to fix 
  • Match the foreground to your new background.
  • Click the Neutralize box to remove any color casts from your chosen layer.
  • Make the necessary adjustments until your background and foreground match.
  • When you say you are done, click ‘ok’ and save your file in the PSD format to preserve the layer information.

With this, you can be sure of changing the backgrounds of images like a pro and making other edits in Adobe Photoshop with ease.


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