12 Replies Latest reply on Sep 9, 2017 7:07 PM by Buffer316

    Banner removal around heads

    Buffer316

      I want to use some dated (and originally bad) photographs (e.g. ten years) on my website that shows members of my Special Olympics team receiving awards.  The problem is they are positioned in front of a banner that has advertising, which is sometimes not appropriate for the team. 

       

      I’d like to remove the banner or cover it up but I’ve not been successful at making it look like I haven’t carved a hole in the photo, removed someone’s nose, or slapped some paint (badly) over the signage.  I’ve tried content aware, I’ve used the lasso to mark areas and then paint over them, I’ve blurred and smudged – but the truth is I’m not sure what I’m doing is the right thing.

       

      Ideally, I’d like to lift the people from the photo, paint the sign without having to work around hairdos, and then put the people back – without making it overly obvious that I’ve made adjustments.  Thoughts?

       

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        • 1. Re: Banner removal around heads
          JonathanArias Adobe Community Professional

          is that the photo you are working from? with that resolution you ability to capture a nice edge of only the people is rough..

           

          There will be many advices on what to do.. like they say "there is more than one road to Rome"

           

          I think that making a mask, zooming in and painting would be a nice way for you to control the masking/extraction of the people.

           

          i would go slow, zoom in and out, and paint in the mask what you want out or in so you have what you need to place them in a solid color background/ paint out the banner with the same color as the wall.

          Thats my two cents.

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          • 2. Re: Banner removal around heads
            Buffer316 Level 1

            Thank you.  I hadn't thought about masking a little at a time -- I'll give it a try!!

            • 3. Re: Banner removal around heads
              davescm Adobe Community Professional

              Hi

              As mentioned a higher res image would be better - but try masking the banner then painting on a new layer clipped to the mask as below.

               

              Don't forget the shadows

               

              Dave

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              • 4. Re: Banner removal around heads
                edgrimley Level 3

                Or use the wall color, add a bit of noise to match.MaxthonSnap20170908111655.png

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                • 5. Re: Banner removal around heads
                  JonathanArias Adobe Community Professional

                  just roll up the sleeves and go slow and easy on it . zoom in and zoom out so you can see as you go.

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                  • 6. Re: Banner removal around heads
                    Buffer316 Level 1

                    Great ideas!  Sadly the photo was taken years before I was involved with the team, and this is all with which I have to work! 

                    • 7. Re: Banner removal around heads
                      Buffer316 Level 1

                      It looks nice!  Thanks...

                      • 8. Re: Banner removal around heads
                        norman.sanders Most Valuable Participant

                        xmas.jpg

                        Considering the image size and quality, any type of salvage job will be daunting and less than totally successful.

                        The layers panel spells out the method here. In addition, more can be done, such as adding texture to the wall.

                        1. Duplicate the layer

                        2. Selection of the area between the blue borders

                        3. Quick Selection tool and work on the wall in sections

                        4. Composite of the three wall selections

                        5. Combined the balance of the wall, filled with a flat color for contrast with the subjects. 

                        I hope this helps you.

                        • 9. Re: Banner removal around heads
                          theangietaylor Adobe Community Professional

                          One thing that can really help with Layer Masks is to use the Smudge tool and blur tool on the edges of the hair. Choose the smudge tool, select a textured brush, perhaps a sponge brush would work well. Smudge the edhes with light, short brush strokes, preferably with a pen and tablet. Then go over the edge with the blur tool. You can toggle between the layer view and the layer mask view by alt-clicking o the layer mask.

                           

                          hope this helps

                          • 10. Re: Banner removal around heads
                            Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

                            I had to do a load of these recently.  The backdrop was nowhere near big enough, but they insisted on using it, I had to select the subjects in 20 odd photographs, and place on a new background.  It seemed to me that if you were going to that much trouble, then you might as well use a good background, so I constructed all the sponsor and participating club logos, and made a photo wall.

                             

                            Unfortunately, I missed a typo, but it's at times like this you learn to really love Smart Objects and CC Libraries.  The offending SO was edited from the Library, each PSD file opened, and an action made that meant 'Updated All Modified Objects' could be run from a single 'G' key on my Logitech gaming keyboard.  Each instance of the typo was fixed in about two seconds, and re-saved to JPG.

                            • 11. Re: Banner removal around heads
                              Buffer316 Level 1

                              Thanks, Dennis -- and everyone else for your advice.  Not only do I have this photo with which to work but i have another 15 just like them.  I've used everyone's advice - masking, blurring, smudging, copy and replace, content aware and it's sooooo time consuming.  Worst yet, when I put out a call for good quality photos from years gone by I received more than 100 photos - 99 percent of which are the like the one I shared here  -  or worse.  I do like the idea of creating a new background and will use many of the techniques recommended to fine tune it.  I really appreciate everyone's responses!

                              • 12. Re: Banner removal around heads
                                Buffer316 Level 1

                                Thanks, Dennis -- and everyone else for your advice.  Not only do I have this photo with which to work but i have another 15 just like them.  I've used everyone's advice - masking, blurring, smudging, copy and replace, content aware and it's sooooo time consuming.  Worst yet, when I put out a call for good quality photos from years gone by I received more than 100 photos - 99 percent of which are the like the one I shared here  -  or worse.  I do like the idea of creating a new background and will use many of the techniques recommended to fine tune it.  I really appreciate everyone's responses!