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How to Remove a Person from a Photo on Your iPhone

by Brenda Barron on Sep 20, 2018

Sometimes, unwanted visitors end up in your photo.

Whether it’s an unknown photo bomber jumping into the scene behind you, or an ex that you want to remove from your photo album, there’s a good chance you’ve found yourself asking:

“How can I remove a person from my photos?”

The good news is, not only can you easily remove people and objects from your images, but you don’t have to be an expert photographer to do it. If you don’t know much about photoshop or similar photo editing software, you can still get results by downloading a few simple apps onto your iPhone.

In today’s article, we’ll look at:

  • Which apps you can use to remove people from your photos on an iPhone
  • How to use these apps
  • What kind of results you’ll get.

Let’s begin!

1.     PhotoShop Fix

Photoshop Fix is a popular iPhone tool intended to help amateur photographers and everyday people enhance their images on their smartphones using a variety of features. The experts over at Adobe have added a range of the best-loved tools into the app, so you can do many of the tasks you’d be able to do with the full app. To remove people from your photos with PhotoShop Fix:

  • Import your image into Photoshop
  • Select the pen tool and create a path around the person you want to remove
  • Make sure that you leave space around the edges of the outline for the best results
  • Turn the established path into a selection by clicking on Make Selection in the drop-down menu
  • Go to the Edit tab and click “Fill.” In the dialogue box, make sure you click the content aware option for the best results.

Some examples of photo edits you can make using the PhotoShop Fix app

2.     TouchRetouch

If you’d rather avoid the Adobe route, then this clever app can assist you with your object removal just as easily as the Photoshop solution. TouchRetouch allows you to remove a person from a photo with a simple brush application. You can also use clone and selection tools when editing your images with the platform. To remove a person from a photo with TouchRetouch:

  • Open the TouchRetouch app and import your image
  • Choose your output resolution for the image
  • Use the Lasso or Brush tool to select the object or person you want to remove
  • If you choose the brush, select the size of the brush, then draw over the person in question. If you choose the lasso tool, simply draw a constant line around the object.
  • Hit the “start” button at the bottom of the screen to get rid of the selected object.

Some photo editing examples using the TouchRetouch app

3.     Enlight Photofox

This is another nifty design and creative editing tool that works great if you want to remove someone from an image on your iPhone. Enlight Photofox Photo Editor comes with various useful features, including a clone stamp tool, healing brush, patch tool, and many other components you just can’t get on many apps. Enlight is also loaded with a selection of layers, special effects, fonts, and more. To remove a person or object from Enlight Photofox:

  • Go to Tools > Heal > Mode > Patch
  • Copy one part of an area over another by placing one circle over the area you want to remove, and the other over the area you want to copy.
  • Tap the flatten button until the object disappears.
  • If the copied portion doesn’t blend, tap the Tools tab and experiment with feathering and fuse.
  • Smooth the area with the Heal feature

Examples of some of the things you can create using the photo editing tools of Enlight Photofox

4.     SnapSpeed

Finally, another app you can use to remove people from images on your iPhone is “Snapseed.” This is an advanced editing tool designed by Google that comes with a variety of tools for photographers to play with. While the app isn’t perfect, it’s very good at removing small pictures, so if you have people in the background of your shot, it will work well. To remove a person from an image in Snapseed:

  • Load your photo into the tool platform and hit the “editing” icon on the bottom right corner.
  • Choose the heal tool
  • Draw over the area you want to remove using your finger
  • Tap on the save option

Examples of how to achieve some of the possible effects with Google's photo editing app, Snapseed

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There you have it! Four easy ways to remove people from images on your iPhone. Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more tips and tricks you can use in your photography!

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