We have all taken photos that were close to perfect except for some object in the background. If given the chance it is always better to remove that object in person, it will take much less time than doing it in Photoshop and will look more natural. Sometimes however that is not an option; either you didn’t see it or were not able to move it.

That is where Photoshop comes in! In this episode we show you how to remove objects from your photos to make your subject stand out more.

Selections Are the Key to Removing Objects

Often times the objects you want to remove are behind other objects. In this episode we remove a trashcan and a street sign, both of which are behind a lamp post and a stone seat. In order to remove the objects from the background we have to make a selection that keeps the lamp post and stone seat from being affected.

To make this selection we use the Pen Tool. It is one of the more complicated tools to use in Photoshop but it is well worth learning because of how powerful it is.


Skill level: Beginner / Intermediate


Time: 10min – 30min


Software: Photoshop


Author: Phlearn


Source Files: Any image can be used.

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