Tourist or Object Removal

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  1. silguy

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    Hi,

    I've searched around and found quite a bit of tourist removal software as well as interactive, free online software. But those require multiple pictures and layering them to create a tourist/object free photo. Is there a quicker or more efficient way to removal 1 tourist w/ only 1 copy of a picture? Pixel/color blending? Anyone help?


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  2. Big Mike

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    To remove something from a photo...what you have to do, is replace that area with something else. Probably the most common tool for this (in Photoshop) is the clone tool/stamp. The basic technique is to sample an area close to the object (tourist) and clone that area over the object.
     
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    It depends on the image. What works for one won't work for another. You have to fit the solution to the problem.
     
  4. silguy

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    I'll upload the picture I'm referring to tonight, and perhaps someone could help? Thanks!!



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    To see the image would help, of course.
     
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    That person's taking up an aweful lot of space. That'd be hard to fill in (though with the things some people can pull off in PS, I wouldn't be surprised if someone could do it with lots of time) with just stuff from the image. It'd be easier to (a) pay close attention to the background when shooting or (b) use another shot from the same perspective and under the same lighting conditions (same WB, and camera to be completely anal about it) to cover them up.

    Or an easier solution might be to just crop them right out. Then you could get your subject off-centre while you're at it.
     
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    Thanks for the image, Silguy, here is just my opinion:
    none of semi-automatic software (if you had it in mind) will do this kind of work for you. Manual photoshop work in my opinion in many cases is able to do more, though the image still is complicated if you do not have details of a background in another shot.. you have to have something on background under that person to replace, would help a lot if you have another similar shot with details, which appears under that person in other image, so you can try to replace.
    Probably phoroshop gurus could fix it, but it is a not very fast job at all.
    This is one of a more complicated jobs in my opinion.
     
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    In this case, no. You don't need multiple pictures of this scene, but it would require layers and cloning to remove the woman from the background. It's not rocket surgery, but it does take some cloning on layers. Takes about half an hour.

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    im still very skeptic on that :)
    Anyone could take a challenge to edit this to prove it is possible?? :)
    (can't imagine what you would fill in the missing space in a background, Peano ;) )

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    sorry, i misunderstood the point - explanation in my next post
     
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    *bows to Peano* I have been thoroughly trumped and was wrong. Thank you, sir.

    Would it be possible to see the final PSD, to get an idea of what the final layers looked like? >.>
     
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    Sure, here's a screen shot of the layer stack.

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