Remove a Person from a Photo using Photoshop Elements

You can quickly remove a person from a photo using Photoshop Elements. See how to get PS Elements to do most of the work for you!

The feature that we're going to use for this tutorial is called "Content Aware Fill". It was first added to Photoshop Elements 13. So this technique can be done using Photoshop Elements 13 and newer.

Click on the video below to see exactly how it's done. Under the video is an illustrated outline of the steps involved to blend multiple photos together with Photoshop Elements.

How To Remove A Person From A Photo Using Photoshop Elements

I made a printable "Cheat Sheet" of the step-by-step process so you can use it as a quick reference when using Photoshop Elements to remove a person from a photo.

Download it now for free by clicking the button below:

STEP ONE- Duplicate The Background Layer.

We don't want to make any changes to the Background Layer in case we ever need to get back to the original state of our photo.

So let's start by making a duplicate copy of the Background Layer. To do that, press Command-J on a Mac or Control-J on a PC.

A new Layer appears in the Layers panel and it's named "Layer 1" by default. It's exactly the same as the Background Layer.

STEP TWO- Make A Selection Around The Person.

Next we'll use the Lasso Tool to make a Selection around the person that we want to remove from the photo.

Make the Lasso Tool active by clicking on it in the Toolbox.

To use the Lasso Tool to make a Selection just press down the mouse button and continue holding it down as you follow the outline of the person that you want to remove.

You don't need to be too careful. Just make sure that you stay a little away from the edge of the person.

When you get close to the starting point of your Selection you can release the mouse button and the Selection will be completed.

You can tell that the Selection is complete because the subject is completely surrounded by the "marching ants".

STEP THREE- Fill The Selection Using Content Aware.

With the Selection active, go up to the Edit menu and choose "Fill Selection...".

From the dialog box that appears, click on the "Use" field and from the pop-up menu choose "Content Aware" by clicking on it.

Then click on "OK" to close the box and accept your choice.

Photoshop Elements analysis the photo and then it removes the subject and fills in the selected area based on the "content" around the selected area.

When you use this technique to remove a person from a photo Photoshop Elements does most of the difficult work for you.

Now you can deselect by pressing Command-D on a Mac or Control-D on a PC. The marching ants go away.

STEP FOUR- Clone Out Obvious Repeating Patterns.

A common result of using Content Aware to remove a person from a photo is that some areas get duplicated.

Look closely for duplicate areas also referred to as "repeating patterns" which can give away the fact that your photo has been "Photoshopped".

These areas can be fixed pretty quickly by using the Clone Stamp tool.

I recommend doing your cloning on a separate Layer to make it easier to adjust later if you need to.

So in the Layers panel click on the "Create a New Layer" icon located at the top of the panel. It looks like a sheet of paper with one corner folded over.

Next go to the Tools panel and click on the Clone Stamp tool to make it the active tool.

Go down to the Tool Options at the bottom of your window and make sure that the box labeled "Sample All Layers" has a check mark in it. If it doesn't click on the box to check it.

If you need to change the size of your cursor you can use the left and right bracket keys on your keyboard. They're located to the right side of the letter "P" on most keyboards.

To make your cursor smaller press the left bracket ([) key. To make your cursor larger press the right bracket (]) key.

The Clone Stamp Tool works by "sampling" or "loading" areas from one part of your photo and copying them to a different part of the photo.

Use the Clone Stamp Tool to replace some "repeating patterns".

For detailed instructions on how to use the Clone Stamp Tool see my tutorial by clicking on the following link:

STEP FIVE(Optional)- Rename Your Layers.

To remind yourself of what changes you made to each Layer you can change the name of the Layers from their default names to more descriptive names.

To do that just click on the name of the Layer in the Layers panel to highlight the text and type in the new name. Press Enter or Return to complete the change.

Default Names
Custom Names

That completes this tutorial on how to remove a person from a photo.

Don't forget to get the printable "Cheat Sheet" of these steps so you can use it as a quick reference when using Photoshop Elements.

Download it now for free by clicking the button below:

Until next time, this is Rick saying . . . Take care!

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