You don't remove, you cover up. rebuild the area in question using a solid with gradients and stuff. Anything else is gonna look extremely iffy. Feel free too build the shading in Phoptoshop or Illustrator and import it into Ae, if you don't know how to do it natively in AE.
Thank you for the reply! Like I said, I'm pretty amateur at this. How would I go about rebuilding the area in question with a gradients and stuff? Any advice would help, or if you could point me to a tutorial maybe?
I presume there's a due date associated with this spot.
Rather than taking this on yourself, hire it done... because to do it properly, you'd need a couple of weeks of steep-learning-curve learning.
I doubt you have that kind of time. Hire it done. Then start learning AE without the deadline pressure.
Yeah, there is a due date :-( Could you point me to some resources to learn After Effects on my time?
I'd use a Directional Blur effect on an adjustment layer, with a mask on the adjustment layer that restricts the effect to just where the fingerprint is. Use the Direction property in the Directional Blur effect to rotate the blur such that it blurs out the fingerprint without ruining the highlights and reflections (i.e., align it perpendiculat to the gradient, not along the gradient).
Could you point me to some resources to learn After Effects on my time?
Those resources include some that show how to use masks on adjustment layers to apply effects to only specific areas of an image.