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Remove Unwanted Foreground Elements in Adobe Photoshop

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Removing the Foreground Elements


    • 3.

      Making Adjustments


    • 4.

      Compositing and Clip Masking


    • 5.

      Blurring and Sharpening


    • 6.

      Example 2 (working with shadows)


    • 7.

      Conclusion and Assignment


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In this class we will be going over a way to remove a fence to reveal our subject in the background. We will begin by using the brush tool to create a mask which will be content aware filled in order to do the bulk of the work. We are going to be separating the layers in which we do this in order to avoid working destructively. Once we have done that we will create a new layer and make some refinements by using the spot healing brush alongside the clone stamp tool. We will then proceed to composite the eyes from a different lion into our image. Our final adjustments are using the tilt shift tool to blur out the parts of the image we want out of focus and creating a sharpening layer using the high pass filter and an inverted mask to brush over the parts of the image which we want to sharpen. This gives us greater control on what we choose to sharpen.

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Welcome to Final Form. Founded by Mass and Nick, we are a social media and content creation agency based in NYC. Here you can learn many tricks and techniques to use in your design workflow. Become a student and start your design journey today!

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1. Introduction: Hey guys, my name is mass from final form agency. We're gonna be learning how to remove complex objects from the foreground of a photo, like you see in this example right here. Also, we are going to be learning how to composite specifically eyes on top of our subject. Then we're gonna be using filters such as the blur, tilt shift. And then we're gonna be adding sharpening mask to make it look overall very nice and professional. 2. Removing the Foreground Elements: All right guys, let's go ahead and open up Photoshop and make sure to open both layers, lion eyes and lion fence. Makes sure that line fence is above the line eyes label or the one with the fences is above this line. Okay. So first things first, what are we going to go ahead and do? We're going to create a new layer. Let's go ahead and add a new layer. The next thing we're gonna do is we're going to select the brush tool, shortcut B. Or you can just select it from here. And make sure that we're going to have a brush with a hardness of 100%, making sure our opacity is at a 100 and our flow is at a 100. Next we're gonna go ahead and we're going to brush the fence up with black. I suggest you can use any color, but I would use black. So we're gonna make sure to not make the brush size too big nor too small. We wanted to cover just enough with a tiny bit of allowance on each side, so this size is good. Next thing we're gonna do is we're going to dab once, hold shift, and dab another time. Hold Shift, dab, dab, hold Shift, Tab another time. Another time. We could think about doing right would be creating a pattern in order to go ahead and apply it to the whole fence. So why would that not work? For this exact example right here, if I go ahead and create a straight line from here to here, you see how right here we got this part of the fence that isn't covered. If I were to do it here, same thing. We got this part of the fence over here that wouldn't be covered. So that shows why we would have to go in and do everything manually, because in real life, things aren't perfectly symmetrical. Another thing that I would suggest you do is once we go ahead and see that there's some slants within each line, we would go ahead and split it down the middle or in three parts. I would go ahead and click once, hit Shift, I'm going to go to the middle. Hold Shift, click, shift, click. Okay. Now you see it's got the arch in it, and it covers the whole part. What we're going to go ahead and do now, also making sure that some might be more in the forefront, might be need a bigger size brush. And some might need a smaller size brush. So we're going to also change and adapt the brush size to the actual part of the fence that we're covering. So let's go ahead and cover the whole fence with the brush tool. On this new layer guides, make sure you're not on this layer. Alright guys. So once we've gone ahead and done all of this, what we're going to go ahead and do is we're going to turn off this layer. But before we do that, actually, I'm going to label this fence. Okay. We're going to be turning this layer off. Then we're going to be hitting the command key and clicking once, which will turn our selection on. Then we're going to go over here, click on Line fence. Then we're gonna go turning it into a smart object, which will then rasterize it. We're gonna hit Okay. We're gonna go into Edit, Content Aware, Fill. Going to click on that. This is once we give it a couple of moments, you're gonna see some little bit of magic happen. Here we go. This is the rough draft per se of what our final image will be looking like. Then once we're satisfied, go ahead and hit Okay. And then we're gonna do Command D which deselects it. 3. Making Adjustments: Alright, so as you guys can see, this looks pretty good, except there's some discrepancies over where the eyes are specially. Then other parts like over here. I'm going to worry a little bit less about the outer parts. For example, this here, because we're gonna be fixing that layer with a little bit of a tilt shift blurring. Okay, so the next step we're going to want to do here is we're going to want to make another layer. We're gonna go over here and hit the spot healing brush or shortcut j. And then under the spot healing brush, we're going to go ahead and see where we see some of the discrepancies and we're gonna go ahead brush it a little over. Before we do that, we want to make sure that sample, all layers is turned on and that we're doing it on these, the layer one right here. We don't want to be doing it directly on our line fence layer. This is going to be one of the tools which are gonna be using. We're gonna be doing this throughout the whole image where we see some discrepancies. Another tool which we could then go ahead and use the clone stamp with the clone stamp, same thing. We want to make sure that All Layers is selected under sample. Gonna go ahead and hit Option. Brushing. Fix up areas around here. I'm gonna go ahead and put the flow at 20% instead of 40 this time. Because it is a pretty powerful tool. We don't want to exaggerate with it too much. Overdo anything. This was pretty good. Then I'm gonna go ahead and hit J and go back to the spot healing. We're gonna do this for the whole image. Once again, focus a little less than the outside parts because we're gonna go ahead and be fixing that later. But you get the point. For now. We're just going to go in and fix the best we can. The discrepancies. We can go ahead and do some, some spot healing and then we can go and do a little bit clone stamping. This really helps and land everything in. Make it look way less visible. And let's go ahead and keep doing this for the entirety of the image. What I like doing is I like using the clone stamp first. I mean the spot healing brush first to see what can be done. Then I like to kind of touch it up a little bit afterwards if needed, with the spot healing brush or with the clone stamping, sorry, I inverted them. Hitting Option brush. See it makes it look way more unified, way better. The stronger you make the flow, the more visible your selection is going to be. With the clone stamp. I don't like to overdo it too much. Another trick that I'm going to show you. Yes. So for right here, as you can see, you can notice this. We can go ahead and sample this area and then go into Window and then clone source. Right here. We're going to notice this. This right here shows us the angle in which our clone stamp will be. So since it's on a curve, I'm gonna go ahead and sample it again. It needs to return to him even more. I'm going to turn it even more. One. That's not good. Let's go ahead and do that already. Looks better. I'm gonna put it negative four. Brush it in. Once you're done, 0 into that, that away. We can go ahead and keep going with her. Different selections. Don't worry about the eyes too much because we're gonna be doing some compositing for that. Alright guys, so Timmy looks pretty good for now. 4. Compositing and Clip Masking: What we're gonna go ahead and do next is we're going to be compositing the eyes into the eyes of the line. We're gonna get lionized. Put this all the way up. We're going to label this layer adjustments. You can take it as far as writing the tools that we use. Then I'm just going to write adjustments. We're gonna do now is we're gonna put the opacity about 2025. We're gonna be trying our best to match the eyes to the eyes. So we're going to Command J to make a copy of this layer. And it's going to be for each i. We're gonna start off with the left. Let's go ahead and see what looks good. That looks pretty good. And rasterize it. There we go. Then we're going to make a mask command. We're going to be inverting the mask and then with a brush, we're going to make it very soft. And so the hardness makes sure it doesn't even have to be 0. We could do a gate percent. Then we're making sure that we're in the mask and not this layer. We're in the mask with the brush very soft. We're going to be painting in with white. This is going to be the first take of how we're gonna be seeing this opacity is still 25. We can then just put it up to 100, right? Once we've done this in what it generally looks. All right, so just to be able to see what we're doing, put it up to a 100. We go. You can see there's some adjustments to be made. You can even kind of shaped it better. Warping and a tiny bit better. That looks pretty good. Kind of. I'm going to put it on black and I'm going to brush up some parts to bring back in lower part of the thing for the top. With the smaller brush. Here we go. For now, that looks really good. We're going to be labeling this left. Turn this off. This one on your not want to do the same thing. Here. We're going to want to do the same thing. That's way too big, so we want to scale it down a bunch. Still too big. All right, Here we go. Once again. We're going to make a mask. When we're going to invert it. Select the brush. Make sure that the brush is soft to your painting with white in the mask. Go ahead, put the opacity of 200. It's her brushing. We got to fine tune this. Already looks so much better. I'm gonna hit Enter. I'm going to brush out the stuff that went on black. Now we can go ahead and turn this one back on as well. We're going to hit shift and select both of them. And then we're gonna be making this into a group command G. And we're going to label this iss. Once that's done, we should look at these ones. And these ones. So these eyes as we can see, are way more desaturated. They're lowering opacity. So the next thing that we'd have to do is we would have to go ahead and add some adjustments. The first adjustment I say we go ahead and add levels. So right-click, create, clipping mask. Are you going to see that it's applied to both of the eyes. That makes them darker. So we want to make them a little bit brighter, maintaining some of the shadows. This one a little bit towards the love. That already looks better. Before and after. Let's go ahead and add a color balance. Then you can just hit Alt or Option key and click between the layers of creates automatically a clipping mask. Desaturate the color and more blue to match the eyes a little bit better. Let's see if we could go ahead and add an exposure adjustment as well. Exposure down. But 22, that seems good. Okay, What we're gonna do just to make our life a little easier, gonna be selecting all of these holding Shift and then we're gonna make another group. And we're going to write iss plus adjustments. 5. Blurring and Sharpening: Okay. Once that also is out of the way, what we're gonna do is we're gonna go over here under the first adjustment layer. Then we're going to create a new stamp visible layer. We're gonna go make a new layer. And what we're gonna do is for Windows, you do Control Alt, Shift and E. And for Mac, which is what I'm using is Command Option Shift and E. There we go. Once we've done that, we're going to convert it into a smart object, right? Right-click Convert to Smart Object. And then we're gonna go into Filter Blur Gallery right here. And then we're gonna go add tilt shift. It's up to you where you want to tilt shift a flat so I'm going to want it straight. So I'm gonna turn it 90 degrees. And it's just going to make it look better like that. And go over here. Turn it looks about right. Okay, So from this line to this line right here, that's fully sharp from here to here. If we set the blur to 15%, say it's gonna go from 0 to 15, and then it's going to continue over here from 0 to 115. So I'm gonna drive this out a little bit and make sure that the face is nice and focus. And I'm going to drag these ones are a little bit more to kind of maintain. There we go. That looks about let me drag this one a little bit farther. Okay. That looks pretty good. Let's see. We can mess around with the blur a little bit and let me see what happens if I added to 25. That's a big difference. To kind of like the difference it makes. Drag this back in. I want to set it to probably 20. I liked the way that looks. Another thing that we can do to make sure that the parts that we want sharper sharp is we're gonna go into field blur right here. What we're gonna do is we're going to dab. You see how it's 15%. We're going to put 0. There we go. Then we're gonna go over here and we're gonna create another point. And we're gonna put 0 pixels here. Let's again into all the areas that you want to be focused. We're gonna put 0 hopes don't do that. We're here and then I'm gonna go back in open until shift. Back into field blur. Open till shift again. Make sure that what we've got, we'd like if we bring it back up to say 23 and see if we liked that. I'm pretty satisfied with this. So what we're gonna do is we're just going to go ahead and hit, Okay? Alright. So as you see, that looks really nice. Right now, I'm going to drag the eyes and the adjustment layer under here. Next thing that we should do, it's optional, but I recommend it would be adding sharpness. So kind of repeat the same process by first. Without getting confused, we're going to label this layer or Selective, Selective Focus. Alright. Next we're going to add another layer, and this is gonna be the sharpness. Same thing as before on a Mac Command Option Shift E in Windows Control Alt Shift E. I'm just going to go ahead and do that. What we're gonna do this time is we're going to go ahead and convert to smart object. Right-click Convert to Smart Object. Then we're gonna desaturate it. And the way to desaturate it is we're going to hit Control Shift U on Windows and on a Mac, it's going to be Command Shift U, unsaturated. There we go. Once that's done is we're gonna go ahead and go to Filter. We're going to go to other. We're going to select high-pass. Going to select the area of the eye. I'm going to bring the radius to 0. We're going to slowly work up until we see some halos and some sharpness. We're gonna go over and keep dragging this up until you see good amount of definition in halos. This would probably be too much. I'm probably going to go ahead with 4.8 pixels. That looks good for me. Actually. Do much. Four-point four works. I'm gonna hit, Okay. And then we're gonna have to apply a blend mode. The blend mode that we're going to have to apply is we're gonna go from normal. We're gonna go have to go ahead and put the blend mode to overlay. Go ahead. Overlay. We're going to label this sharp. As you see right now, we've added a bunch of sharpness, so we didn't have before. The only thing is we don't want it to be applied on the entirety of the image. So what we'll do, we have to make a mask. And I were gonna invert it. We're going to get a brush making sure that it's very soft. And we're gonna kind of dab it onto the areas that we want to be sharpened. So I generally want the area of the face to be sharp. I'm gonna go ahead and kind of painting with white, making sure you're on the mask. Sharpness back in. Just like this. There we go, guys. 6. Example 2 (working with shadows): Before we go, I want to show you guys a different example right here. So if we have this as an example, which is a donkey, what do we notice here? We notice that I've brushed out all of the fence areas. Let me go ahead. Okay. So I've brushed up all the fence areas. But what did I do? I didn't stop there. Because if we notice around here, what is this defense doesn't do this. This is strange. What is going on? Since this image was taken in a specific way, we see the shadows of the fence applied to the actual donkey. So what do we have to do in this case? In this case, what we'd have to do is go ahead and brush out the shadows that have been applied directly to the donkey because of the fence. What that we'd have to make sure that if we're using an image that has a fence with shadows casting onto our subject. That we have to go ahead and brush those out as well. If not, it's not gonna work as well. Once again, this gets trickier and there's more adjustments that you have to make, but it pretty much goes through the same process. As you see, this is after. And once again, I haven't even added the tilt shift nobler know sharpness, but there would have to be some areas that have to go in and brush out more carefully. Because, for example, I didn't brush out here. I didn't brush out here as well. Here I'd have to brush them out as well. And these are all the points that have the shadows and it's not the physical fence. So we'd have to go ahead and remember that if that's our case for image. 7. Conclusion and Assignment: Assignment is going to be, go ahead, download this image, download the other image of the eyes, and get rid of the fence. Composite the eyes in. We're gonna go ahead and create some blur. We're going to add some sharpness back in. That is your assignment. One other variant of what you could do is you don't have to specifically use this image. You could find your own image of a subject behind a fence and go ahead and follow the same process which we did. I wanted to thank you guys for tuning in to another tutorial. And hopefully I'll see you guys on the next one. Once again, my name is masked from funnel forum and I wanted to thank you guys for watching. See you on the next one.