How to delete people from photos

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How to delete people from photos with Photoshop



You want to delete people from photos with Photoshop? No problem: the famous Adobe photo editing software, agolable for Windows and macOS, integrates various tools that allow you to do this in an extremely easy and fast way. The tools in question, in fact, reconstruct in an "intelligent" way the portion of the photo from which the person is eliminated by emulating and copying the background elements that surround him or, in any case, by replacing the latter for the subject you want to remove.


To proceed, import the photo you want to retouch into Photoshop by going to the menu File> Open… and calls up the tool Spot Healing Brush (the symbol of plaster present in the left sidebar). If you had used one of the other tools related to the Spot Healing Brush (which we will learn more about in a few moments) and you do not see the icon of the tool in question, right-click on the icon of the patch, the plaster, two crossed arrows or the 'eye and then select it from the context menu.


Now, open the drop-down menu located at the top left (the icon of the white dot) and set the dimensions  hardness and all the other features of the brush you are about to use. Then "color" the silhouettes of the people you want to remove from the photo by holding down the left mouse button while you brush over them. If everything went well, as if by "magic", people will disappear from the photo.


As an alternative to the Spot Healing Brush, you can also use the corrective brush "Steard", which works more or less the same way as the tool I told you so far but, in addition, it also offers the possibility to choose which portions of the photo to use to cover people and other unwanted elements. This feature is especially useful if the subject's background is not very smooth.


To use it, right-click on the del icon plaster present in the left sidebar and select the item corrective brush from the menu that opens. After possibly adjusting the size, hardness and other characteristics of the brush (using the appropriate drop-down menu, always located at the top left), select the portion of the photo you want to use to cover the silhouette of the person you want to remove from the click. Then press the button Other on the keyboard and click on the point of the photo you want to "sample". Then cover the person you want to delete from the photo, following the same steps I showed you earlier.


If you have not been able to delete some subjects from the photos using the tools I told you about in the previous lines, I suggest you also try the tool patch, which you can always activate by right clicking on the plaster and then selecting the appropriate item from the menu that opens.

To use it, select the portion of the image containing the subject you want to delete, so as to enclose it within a selection, and then click and hold on the dotted area. Finally, drag it to the portion of the image you want to use to cover one or more people.

When you have finished your work and are satisfied with the reont, save the output image by going to the menu File> Save with nome e then choose the location to save the file. If you want to know more about the general functioning of Photoshop, take a look at my in-depth study.

How to delete people from photos with GIMP

Also GIMP, the best free Photoshop alternative agolable for Windows, macOS and Linux, allows you to remove people from photos in an extremely easy and fast way: let me explain how.


If you have not yet installed the program, connect to its official website and first press the button Download x.x.xx e poi quello Download GIMP x.x.xx directly, on the page that opens. Once the download is complete, open the installation file you just obtained and follow the wizard to complete the setup.

It was used Windows, then presses the buttons YesOKInstall e end. A Macinstead, drag GIMP into the folder Applications say macOS, click on destroy the program icon and select the voice apri from the menu that opens twice in a row (this operation is only necessary at the first start of GIMP to “override” the macOS restrictions on software from non-certified sources).

After installing and starting GIMP, select the entry Apri ... from the menu Fillet (top left) and select the image you want to import into the program. Then activate it patch tool e, if you deem it appropriate, modify the characteristics of the tool in question using the menus and options located in the panel Tool options at the bottom left.

Then select an image sample you want to use to cover the shape you want to remove from the photo by pressing on the keyboard Ctrl (your Windows) or cmd (on macOS) and then clicking on it.

At this point, repeatedly click on the silhouette of the person you want to delete from the photo e, when finished, save the output photo by selecting the item Save as ... from the menu Fillet. If you want to learn more about the general functioning of GIMP, don't hesitate to read the guides where I show how to use GIMP and how to edit photos with GIMP.

How to delete people from photos online

As I told you at the beginning of the post, it is possible to delete people from photos by using some online services. One of the best on the square is Photopea, which works directly from the browser without necessarily having to register e, above all, without activating additional plugins. However, I would like to inform you that Photopea presents advertising banners (not at all invasive), which can be removed by subscribing to the Premium plan of the service, which starts at $ 9 per month.

To delete people from a photo with Photopea, first connect to the home page of the service, press on (X) to close the welcome message e, if necessary, Language (top right). Now, open the photo you want to edit by selecting the item apri from the menu Fillet e then presses on the symbol of plaster located on the toolbar, on the left.

As you can see, it is possible to use three tools to remove subjects from a shot: one of them is the zone reconstructor brush. To use it, you must select the brush size from the drop-down menu at the top left and then repeatedly click on the person you intend to remove, or draw on his outline (it depends on the size of the brush you have decided to set. and the subject you want to remove).

even the rebuilding brush it can come in hey for removing people from a shot, especially if you weren't able to do this with the Zone Builder Brush. To use it, you must first select the portion of the image to use to fill the object you want to delete by pressing the combination on the keyboard Alt + click e then “draw” with the cursor on the area you want to cover.

If none of these tools have been helpful for you to remove subjects from a photo, you can use patch tool. Using it is very simple: first, select the area where the subject you want to remove is present and then cover it by dragging it over an area of ​​the photo you want to use as a sample (it works quite similar to the Photoshop patch tool you I talked about in the first chapter).

When finished, select the item Export as from the menu Fillet, choose the output format in which you want to export the photo on which you have acted e, finally, presses the button Save.

App to delete people from photos


If you want, you can also delete people from photos from smartphone and tablet: just use one of the many photo editing app agolable for Android and iOS, which allow you to do this kind of work in a very simple way. Let me list a few that may come in hey for this purpose.
  • Snapseed (Android / iOS) - is a popular photo editing app developed by Google that, among many tools, integrates one that is perfect for removing unwanted subjects from your shots. For more information on how to best use it, check out this guide.
  • Photoshop for iPad (iPadOS) - is the most advanced version of Photoshop mobile ever and which, among other things, allows you to remove unwanted subjects from photos in a rather simple way. It's free for the first 30 days, then costs € 10,99 / month (except for any active Creative Cloud subscriptions).
  • Pixelmator (iOS / macOS) - is an application designed specifically for iPhone and iPad that includes advanced photo editing tools, some of which allow you to easily remove unwanted subjects from photos. The Pixelmator version for iOS costs 5,49 euros, while the one for macOS costs 32,99 euros.


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