[getting rid of] Unwanted Objects in a Photo
By Michelle Bradshaw
Let’s face it- we’ve all taken photos that we ‘wish’ did not have ‘added’ stuff in what we originally wanted to capture. My husband and I recently took a big 10 day road trip and I was all about the camera. Do you think he stopped for every one of my photo ‘wants’???…not exactly.
Anyhow, we are southern from Florida and to see mountains was …. WOW!! [Y'all from the north bear with me]. It was a big deal to me. As we travelled thru the mountains I was mesmerized how the road cut through the rocks. Of course I had to photograph!
Here is the original.
Then I cropped to get rid of the car [but not the basis of this tutorial].
I found it so cool to see all the mountain on each side of the road yet the ‘road signs’ bothered me…[and I wasn't happy about the other car either…
Let's explore a couple of tools offered in PSE and Photoshop.
IF you have a Photoshop/CS or a newer version of PSE you can utilize 'content aware'. It is located under: Edit> fill >content aware. Simply use the marquee tool [or Lasso tool] and outline the unwanted area and click ok.
and the result can be:
If you have an older version of PSE or…due to the circumstance of your photo….the content aware does not work, simply undo it…and switch to the healing brush ‘J’ or the clone tool ‘S’.
For the Healing Brush [J], simply drag across the affected area.
For the Clone Tool [S], select a source by alt [cmd on mac] and then click the area to change. In this example the results yielded about the same.
I often switch between these 3 options offered by Adobe. By the time I was done, I was able to rid the photo of several signs and the car.
Hoping this little tutorial gave you an added insight to utilizing your program when editing photos.