HiI know there are numerous threads about removing objects from images, but I am having triuble removing an object without making it obvious what has happened.Could anyone advise of the most suitable way to remove the boat and people from this image? Many thanks! http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveatkins/8732741830/
Open the file
Open a blank layer above the background layer
Use the clone stamp tool. I actually used 3 blank layers, one for the bushes in the background, one for the water, one for the rocks.
For the bushes and water cloning, I selected the square brush set in the clone tool, rather than the round default set.
If you have problems, please come back.
Adding to what Kelly and hatstead said, a graphics tablet like those from Wacom excels at this job, because you can set size and opacity based on stylus pressure (versus "brute force" cloning using just a mouse). Photoshop Elements, of course, has this support.
Thanks for all the advice here, much appreciated. My first attempt left a sort of shadow around the boat like it was using some sort of cloaking device .I will have anthother go at this now I have some new ideas to try, so thank you all!
This "shadow" may due be incomplete/imperfect coverage with cloning. This picture is good for learning to use the tools.
Duplicate the background layer, shut off visibility of background layer, work on background copy layer
Boost the contrast a bit
Use the lasso tool to roughly outline the boat, then hit delete on the keyboard. The checkerboard pattern denotes transparency. Get rid of the marching ants with CTRL+D.
Now do the cloning.
If this still does not work for you, try making a selection of some of the rock area with the lasso tool, a " patch", place this on its own layer (CTRL+J), use the move tool to position the patch, and the transform tool (CTRL+T) to skew/distort the patch to blend in.
It seesm there are many ways to accomplish a task!It is going to be a fun but steep learning curve I think, the advice here is very welcome. Looking at the image again, I think I need to straighten a little too. I am thinking that tasks such as straightening and enhancement should be done before removing the unwanted items, would that be the best way?
Indeed, the program has a steep learning curve. Frequently there are several options for doing things.
Yes, straighten first. Go View menu>check grid, as the grid will help to orient you. Note that you can configure the grid via Edit menu>preferences>guides and grid. I leave my grid set at Guidline every 100%, Subdivisions 3. This way I can compose with the rule of thirds in mind. The grid is sticky, so you don't have to set it up each time, and it will not print. Toggle it on/off as desired.
Looks nice. How about adding a cloud or two to break up the sky?
You can download and install a set of cloud brushes from Adobe Studio Exchange (free).
These brushes use the foreground color; set the chip to white. Don't paint, just click to apply a cloud. Do it on a blank layer at the top, so that you can adjust the layer opacity.