How to Remove Someone from a Picture in Photoshop


Adobe Photoshop gives several options to remove someone (or any object in general) from a picture. One of the simplest methods, using the Content-Aware Fill tool, is the one we show in this guide.

Make a Selection

You can make a selection in Photoshop in a couple of different ways. In this example, we’ll use the Polygonal Lasso tool.

  1. Click on the Polygonal Lasso tool.

    Polygonal Lasso tool
    Click on the Polygonal Lasso tool.
  2. Then click near the edges of the person you wish to select. The selection does not have to be perfect.

    Select the person
    Click near the edges of the person you wish to select.

Using the Content-Aware Fill tool

After you’ve selected the person you want to remove, it is time to remove them.

  1. Go to Edit > Content-Aware Fill.

    Content-Aware Fill
    Go to Edit > Content-Aware Fill.
  2. In the window that pops up, make sure that you select Auto under “Sampling Area Options.” Then click OK.

    Adjust the Content-Aware Fill tool
    Select Auto under “Sampling Area Options” and click OK.

Making Corrections

If you notice the result is not perfect, you can correct it using the Content-Aware Fill tool again.

  1. Use the Polygonal Lasso tool to make a selection of the area you wish to correct.
  2. Go to Edit > Content-Aware Fill.

    Opening Content-Aware fill again
    Make a selection and go to Edit > Content-Aware Fill.
  3. Select Auto, and click OK.

    Adjust the settings
    Select Auto and click on OK.
  4. You are done!

    Finished image
    The results.

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