Video: Removing People from a Photo in Photoshop

I wanted to share a quick video tip with you about removing people from a shot in Photoshop. This isn’t a video about how to use the clone tool or anything like that. In fact I only use the clone tool for a short part of it. I actually use two images to remove the people, and combine them using one of Photoshop’s lesser known but really useful tools. First, let me back up a bit and explain the circumstances surrounding the shot.

I was taking photos on this lovely stretch of coastline in north Dublin, and there was a wonderful cliff walk that winded its way around the shoreline. Form one particular point I saw what I felt would be a lovely shot, with the cliffs on one side, and the road winding it’s way along the other. The only problem was there was loads of people in the way. I could envision a picture where it looked wild and dramatic, but the people strolling along didn’t exactly add to this mood. I shot a couple of shots from this point as they moved along, and so I used two of these to generate an image without the people in it.

The shots were hand held, and it was quite windy, so they weren’t exactly lined up. However, there’s a really useful function in Photoshop that will automatically align layers for you. It uses the same technology that Photoshop uses for stitching panoramas. In this video I walk you through the entire process from start to finish. I have narrated it this time, so you should be able to get a good bit of information form this, and it’s a useful trick to learn.

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