The Digital Photo Guy

Replace an Object in a Photo

by on Feb.25, 2009, under Photo Editing

A reader asked how to remove the magazine from the following photo. Like all PS/PSE techniques, there are multiple ways to accomplish this so I whipped up a quick, easy fix for this problem. Here are the original and final photos. Click to see a larger image.

How to remove the magazine

Remove the magazine

Magazine removed

Magazine removed

First, I duplicated the background layer by pressing Control+J. Next, I selected the the magazine using the polygonal lasso tool. Remember, in the polygonal lasso tool, simply click the start point and move the mouse to the end point and a straight line will be drawn between the 2 points. The selection now protects the rest of the photo so you can make changes inside the selection but it won’t spill over into the area outside the selection.

Finally, I used the clone stamp tool to clone parts of the fabric over the magazine. When the magazine was completely filled, I pressed Control+D to remove the “marching ants”.  I could see the edge of the selection so, using the clone stamp tool, I blended the edges and ended up with the photo on the right.

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