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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 93 of 118

Remove an Object with a Complex Background


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 93 of 118

Remove an Object with a Complex Background


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Remove an Object with a Complex Background

let's say in this particular image a need to retouch out one of these objects. Well, if I want to retouch them out, that's gonna be kind of difficult, because if you look at the background that's behind it, it needs to be very exacting in what is placed there. And if I copy from this open area down here, let's say, Well, this might be brighter than up here where I actually need to apply it. So also, the background here is straight in there. It might be distorted because of the hanging that's in here. So how could I end up dealing with some of that? Well, I just want to share you a few ideas. I can come in here in, use my lasso tool in select the largest area that's clean in here. Not sure how much of it I'll need yet, so I'm gonna select as much as I have available. Then I'm gonna copy that to its own layer Command. J would work for that control JM windows. That means jumped to a new layer, and when you have a selection active, it doesn't just to the area that selected, then I could us...

e my move tool. And I could reposition this to the area that in need to apply it in. And so I'm gonna come up here and try to get this the lineup. Now, when I attempt to get this tow line up What? Zoom up right now, I'm looking in the left edge. I'll get this little yellow stripe to line up, and I might use the arrow keys on my keyboard if it might. Might move, Tool, I got into line up, but now down here, it doesn't line up and down there a dozen lineup, and it doesn't line up over here either. So how the heck would I possibly get this to work? Well, what I'm going to do is first, I'm gonna convert this into something. Notice a smart object. A smart object is going to make it so. Any changes that I make like transformations to scale into rotate this are not permanent. And I could go back again and again and try to update them. And I can do that by choosing layer. Smart object convert to smart object. We had an entire lesson on smart objects as part of Photoshopped. That complete guide So if you haven't looked for that particular lesson in your unfamiliar with smart objects, you might want to explore it. Then I could come in here and choose edit free transform That'll let me scale in. Rotate things when you're in free transform. It depends on your settings, but you might find a cross hair here in the middle. In older versions of Photoshopped that cross there was always there, but in newer versions, they have hid that, and we're going to use it. If you don't find across hair after choosing free transform, go to the upper left of your screen and just turn on this check box. That's what controls if you get that cross here or not. Well, what that is the cross here. Well, if you ever rotate something, it pivots it around that point and therefore by default, If I move my mouse outside of these handles in rotate, you see it's pivoting it right around that cross hair. I'll choose Undo Command Z. Well, if I click on the cross hair, I could move it up here to where that yellow stripe lines up with the image because I want that to be consistent. Now if I attempt to rotate, you notice it's rotating, pivoting around that spot and therefore I can keep that spot consistent. Then I can try to get the others as close as possible If I need to scale and I want to keep that spot consistent will watch if I don't do anything special and I just scale Do you see how the yellow line no longer lines up up there? Where the cross there waas Let me choose. Undo. Here's how you could keep it lined up in the same location when you're scaling, If you've placed the cross hair somewhere when you click right after you click before you start dragging hold down the option key and holding the option key in this case means keep the area where the cross hair is consistent. So you see, when I scaled down now that that yellow line right where the cross areas is still in the same position and so therefore it can scale this up and down and try to get as close as I can to the right size without messing up the position of that area, do something like that, you know, press return or enter indicate I'm done. But now how do I get the straight lines that are found here? Tow line up because they don't line up here. They don't line up there. Well, what I would do is I go to the edit menu and there's something called puppet warping. Puppet warping will put a mesh on top of your image. The mesh isn't really helpful to look at. So in the options bar at the top of your screen, you could turn off the show mesh check box. But then I can click on my image and I'm gonna click right where that yellow line waas and I'm locking in the position of that area so it doesn't move by adding the pin. Then I'll come down here and click on the next yellow line. I'm gonna click to add a pin and then I'm gonna grab the pin and move it up and down and I'm gonna get it so that yellow line aligns I'll go to the opposite end of the same yellow line. I'm gonna click, and then it adds up in, and I'm gonna move the pin up and down to try to get it where I think it should belong. I'll come down here to a white line that's not lining up, clicked at a pin. Then I'll drag this up and down and tell it, Aligns and I would continue doing that with the other lines until they line up on both ends. This is like making your image auto play doh or just clay and your moulding the clay with your fingers to pull it around to various positions. But by doing so, I should be able to get this to eventually line up in all the areas that are important. Once I've done that, I could either mask this with a layer mask to determine where it shows up and therefore get it so it only covers up the area needed war. Aiken get fancier with other tips in the middle here, I can also grab it if that needs to have any kind of a bend to it in fine tune it. Ah, press returner answer. When I'm done now, since I turned that into a smart object, if I ever returned to the edit menu and choose Puppet Warp once again, it's going to remember all those points and I'll be able to find tune them, which is very nice. So for now I might end up adding a layer mask of this. I'll click on the layer mask icon and then if I fill that mask with black, I could do that by edit adjustments. Invert inverse gives me the opposite of what you currently have. So if you look in the layers panel, I see a mask full of white. When I choose inverts, it's full of black. Then if I grab my paintbrush tool and paint with white, that's what I'm gonna bring this in. And so I'm gonna paint over whatever it is is trying to retouch in. Since I was covering a larger area than that, it's hard to figure out exactly where the edge is needed to be. So right here. The yellow doesn't line up same with down at the bottom, so that's when I go back to edit and I have to not be working on the mask, so I didn't mean to choose what I did when he did not work on the mask. I need to be working on the image. Then I could go back to the edit menu and choose Puppet Warp once again. And I just add more spots here to get this tow line up where it needs to. Wherever it doesn't line up, grab it, pull on it. And there's one other spot here I need to retouch. I'm not going to spend the time to do it because you could just repeat the process of what I've done here. I mainly wanted to share with you how you can do, um, or complex retouch. But now let's get into the really hard stuff.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


Adobe® Photoshop® 2020 is a feature-rich creative force, perfect for turning raw ideas into audience-wowing images. With Ben Willmore as your guide, you can master it faster than you think and take on a new decade of projects.

Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

Whether you’re a 20-year designer or you’re opening the app for the first time, this is the perfect way to learn and love using Photoshop. From retouching to masking to troubleshooting, Ben unpacks all the essentials and hidden gems, while giving you real-world examples to drive each lesson home. By the end of the class, you’ll feel eager to make serious magic with Photoshop 2020.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail



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In this class Ben Willmore gives an overview of all the tools present in Adobe Photoshop 2020, explaining everything very clearly and with practical examples. This course is useful for any type of photographer who wants to learn the use of Photoshop or improve their post production skills.