How to Use Photoshop to Remove an Object From the Background

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After some prankster runs into the background of your group shot, a stray animal ruins your perfectly set up landscape photograph or you noticed an errand background element after taking the picture, there's not much to do in real life. The Adobe Photoshop software bridges the gap between what's real and what looks real with its graphics software. Open a photograph in the Photoshop program and remove unwanted objects from picture backgrounds with a few clicks.

  • Open Photoshop. Pull down the "File" menu. Select "Open." Locate the picture with the background object to remove and double-click its file name. The image opens on the Photoshop work area.

  • Press the "Ctrl" and "+" keys to zoom in on just the object to remove. Zoom in until the object fills most of the work area.

  • Click the "Lasso" tool, the third from the top option on the "Tools" pane on the left side of the screen.

  • Draw an outline around the object to remove, keeping as close to the object outline as possible. Blinking dotted lines form a border surrounding the object.

  • Press the "Delete" key to remove the object from the picture background.

Tips & Warnings

  • Removing an object from the background in Photoshop will leave a hole, much like it would when cutting something out of a real photograph. Some of Photoshop's tools, such as the "Clone Stamp Tool" and "Blur Tool," can help with manipulating the background to help cover the hole. Another option is to paste something else over the hole to cover it up.

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