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Move/Remove Objects from images (Content Aware Fill) in Photoshop

Posted on 28th September 2018
For this tutorial, you will need an image or portrait to work with. We will use different techniques and/or Tools to “Move” or “Remove” something in the image.

1 - In Photoshop, open the image you chose and “Duplicate” it (Command/Control + J).

2 - Use the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” (M) to select the portion of the image you wish to remove.

3 - First, go to Edit > Fill… (Shift + F5) and choose “Content Aware” from the options then, click “OK”. Depending on your image, you may need to touch up the results.

4 - Create another “Duplicate” of your original layer (Command/Control + J) and hide the first one for now. To move your subject, use the “Polygonal Lasso Tool” (L) to make a selection loosely around it. Leave some space between the edges.

5 - Select the “Content-Aware Move Tool” and move your subject. Once you are happy with the placement click “Enter” or the “Check mark” on the Top Menu. You may notice some portions that need fixing.

6 - Use the “Spot Healing Brush” (J), use a medium and soft brush and choose “Content-Aware” from the Top Menu to fix the imperfections. Try using the different options in the Top Menu (like “Proximity Match”) and changing the “Diffusion” value to fix the pixels around parts of your subject.

7 - In other portions, you can use the “Clone Stamp Tool” (S) with a Soft brush. Click the “Alt/Option” key to sample the area, then cover the one that needs fixing. You may need to change the sample frequently.

8 - You can also remove bigger objects with the “Content Aware” Fill. Create another “Duplicate” and make your selection with the “Polygonal Lasso Tool” (L).

9 - If the Resulting image needs a more complex fixing, let’s use the “Spot Healing Brush” (J), change the “Blending Mode” to “Screen” and use “Proximity Match” to fix some of the Grass edges. Then, use the " Clone Stamp Tool” (S) to touch up things like the “Horizon”.

10 - To fix the “Mountains” we made a selection with the “Polygonal Lasso Tool” (L), made a “Copy” (Command/Control + C and Command/Control + V) and reflected it by going to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. We rotated it a bit too.

11 - To finish, we created a “Layer Mask” of the Mountain piece by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. With the “Mask” selected and Black as “Foreground” color, let’s use the “Brush Tool” (B) to erase the portions that we don’t need and even out the look of the edges.

12 - Check out the different results.

by @lornacane

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