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How to Remove a Person From a Photo in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

Learn helpful Photoshop tips in less than five minutes! Check out this quick video below!

Is there a certain detail ruining your perfect shot? Some photos are easy to recreate, while others need additional editing. So in this short video, I'll show you how to remove an object, specifically a whole person, from a nature landscape photo in Adobe Photoshop.

Watch the steps unfold and get all the written details you need in the process below. Check out more amazing photos and resources on Envato Elements.

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Let's begin!

1. How to Remove an Object or Person in Adobe Photoshop

Step 1

For this particular photo, I'll be focusing this tip around the Stamp Tool (S) so that I have more control over the result. But feel free to use your own discretion when removing objects by taking advantage of similar tools like the Content Aware Fill and Patch Tool options.

Open your photo in Adobe Photoshop. I'll be using this Norwegian Landscape.

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Step 2

Select the Background Layer and drag it over the Paper Icon to create a Copy on a New Layer. Then create a new Group and place the copy inside.

Rename the group "After" and the original picture "Before" so we can easily flip back and forth to check our progress later.

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Step 3

Next, add a New Layer.

Zoom (Z) in on your photo to assess the landscape. Look for nearby areas that will help cover up the object or person with more nature.

In this case, these large bits of snow will help me remove the torso, while the top and lower rock forms are needed for his head and feet.

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Step 4

Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and make a selection around the middle area. Then select the Background Copy Layer.

Now that this area is isolated, we can use the Stamp Tool (S) with a Hard Round Brush (B) (100% Hardness, 100% Opacity) to paint over the torso and legs with snow.

First, hold the Alt key to source the area you need, and then slowly paint over the person with snow or rocks until he disappears.

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Step 5

Continue this process for the legs, head, and shoulders. Adjust the Brush Size, Brush Hardness, and Brush Opacity if necessary, and create a seamless look by looking at the original landscape for cues on its natural layout.

Toggle the Visibility of the group to see the before and after. Then hold Control-J to create a duplicate of the Background Copy Layer. If there are any harsh edges left, continue to use the Stamp Tool (S) to paint over those areas and blend the dirt and rocks together.

You may also need to lower the Brush Hardness/Opacity to help you create a soft, natural result. 

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Step 6

Finish this edit with the Brush Tool (B). Select Layer 1 and use a Hard Round Brush (B) (100% Hardness, 100% Opacity) to carve out the snowy landscape with white. If you're not using this particular photo, this tool can still help you clean up any stubborn areas in your work. 

Here's the final photo. Try this tip with your images, and share your results!

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