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How to Remove a Person From a Photo in Photoshop

by Alexandra Bateman on Jun 26, 2020

You think you’ve taken the perfect shot of a stunning landscape or architectural feat, until you realize there’s a random person in your photo! Luckily, with Adobe Photoshop, you can remove people from your photos, and no one will ever know! So, do you want to learn how to remove a person from a photo in Photoshop? We can help!

In this article, we will show you how to remove a person from a photo in Photoshop. But first, you’ll have to make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of the software. You can get Photoshop as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Plan for only $9.99/month.

If you don’t have it yet, get Photoshop from Adobe’s site here. Once you’ve downloaded and installed Photoshop, or updated your existing download, you’re ready to begin.

Remove a Person from a Photo in Photoshop

To start, open your image in Photoshop. You can do this by selecting File >> Open, or by dragging your image file into the Photoshop Workspace.

Now, we need to let Photoshop know what area we’d like removed from the photo. To do that, we’ll need to use one of Photoshop’s selection tools. Depending on your image, you may find that one works better than another, but we’ll use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to make our selection in this tutorial.

Simply choose the Polygonal Lasso Tool from the left-hand Photoshop toolbar, then click around the person in your photo to make a selection of them.

Polygonal Lasso Tool

Next, select the Clone Stamp Tool from the same left-hand toolbar. Photoshop marks this tool with a stamp icon.

Select Clone Stamp Tool

We’ll use the Clone Stamp Tool to replicate portions of the background that we can use to “paint” over the pesky person in your shot. In order to use the Clone Stamp, you’ll have to define a source point by holding Option + Click.

Remember, you want to define your source as some point in the background of the photo. In the photo we’ve chosen for this tutorial, the source point will be the ocean.

Once you’ve defined a source point, you can paint over the person or object in your shot to remove it. Because we’ve selected the person using our selection tool, the Clone Stamp Tool will not affect any part of the image except what’s inside the selection.

As you are painting, define new source points as needed to make the photo appear more natural.

Clone Image to Remove a Person From a Photo

That’s it! You can see this before and after image below:

Remove a Person From the Image

We hope this article has helped you to learn how to remove a person from a photo in Photoshop. You may also want to check out our guide on how to sharpen your images using Photoshop.

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Comments

  1. Why cut the image out?

    Why not just use cloning immediately? the selection process is just for just that, selection for use else where.

    What is so special about PhotoShop?

    I will just continue to use Paint Shop Pro

    Or any good photo editor.

    Nice job though

  2. Am really stocked here,I watched a tutorial it states that I should Alt + mouse click, I’ve tried but couldn’t understand it

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